The Boston Celtics Are The 2024 NBA Champions

June 19th, 2024

by Alan Lu

Two days ago, the Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the 2024 NBA Finals to win the NBA championship. The Celtics won their 18th title in NBA history, which is the most that any team has won in the history of the league. Jaylen Brown was named Finals MVP, and he was terrific on both ends of the floor.

Jaylen Brown’s strong performances in the 2024 NBA Finals earned the Boston Celtics their 18th title, and it helped him win the 2024 NBA Finals MVP award. (Photo: Barry Chin/Boston Globe)

2024 NBA Finals: The Celtics Win Their 18th Championship in NBA History, The Most Ever

Boston won 64 games during the regular season, and they were ranked as having the number one offense, the number 2 defense, and as the best three-point shooting team in the regular season, and they were able to carry that into the postseason. The 2024 NBA Finals will be remembered as a changing of the guard, with the youthful Boston Celtics asserting their dominance over the league. Spearheaded by a talented core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday, Derrick White, and Al Horford, the Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks in five games. The decisive victory, 106-88, in Game 5 helped Boston win their 18th NBA championship, the most in NBA history. Porzingis played in Games 1 and 2, but his rare left leg injury rendered him unable to play for the next two games, but he opted to play in Game 5, and the Celtics’ sterling play on both ends of the floor helped them clinch the title.

Jaylen Brown Named Finals MVP

Jaylen Brown’s exceptional performance throughout the series earned him the prestigious Bill Russell Finals MVP Award. Averaging 20.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game in the 2024 NBA Finals, Brown proved to be an unstoppable force in the playoffs. His electrifying slam dunks and tenacious defense were instrumental in the Celtics’ success.

Joe Mazzulla led the Celtics to a 16-3 playoff record this year. He was the youngest coach since Bill Russell to win the NBA championship, and Mazzulla was the fifth-youngest coach since the BAA-NBL merger to become the NBA in 1950. (Photo: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images, via Boston.com)

Joe Mazzulla’s Masterclass In Coaching

Head coach Joe Mazzulla became the youngest coach since 1968 to win the NBA title at just 35 years old. In his second season leading the Celtics, he displayed remarkable tactical acumen and poise under pressure. Mazzulla’s innovative gameplans consistently outmatched those of Dallas head coach Jason Kidd, who could not find an answer to Boston’s versatile roster (with maybe the exception being Game 4, although the Celtics seemed like they were coasting in Game 4).

Celtics Take Games 1 and 2

The series began with a resounding statement from the Celtics as they took Game 1 with a convincing 107-89 victory. The team’s defensive intensity and ball movement proved too much for the Mavericks to handle. In Game 2, Boston showcased their resilience by overcoming a late deficit to win 105-98, taking a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Celtics Win Game 3, Mavericks Take Game 4, and Celtics Close Out The Series in 5 Games

In response to their early struggles, Dallas made adjustments for Game 3 and managed to keep it close for nearly the entire time. However, Mavericks’ superstar forward Luka Doncic fouled out with about four minutes left, leading to an irate rant from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, and Boston held on for a narrow 106-99 victory, pushing the Mavericks to the brink of elimination. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving were dominant in Game 4 (29 points and 21 points respectively), and Dallas ended up running away to a surprising blowout win, 122-84. The Mavericks hoped to carry this momentum into Game 5; however, it was not meant to be as Boston clinched the championship decisively.

Boston Celtics’ superstar forward, Jayson Tatum won his first NBA championship, and there could be more to come for the Celtics in the future. (Photo: Charles Krupa/Associated Press, via Los Angeles Times)

A New Era of Celtics Dominance

The Boston Celtics’ impressive playoff run saw them finish with a record of 16-3 under Joe Mazzulla’s guidance. This young core has proven capable of competing at the highest level and appears poised to dominate the league for years to come. The acquisition of Kristaps Porzingis prior to the season further bolstered their roster and provided valuable depth throughout their championship run. With this new era of dominance, basketball fans can look forward to witnessing more spectacular performances from this talented group from the Boston Celtics.

All in all, that was my recap for the 2024 NBA Finals. Hope you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading.

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