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NBA Finals: Celtics survive Mavericks comeback and take 3-0 lead

Despite a nightmarish fourth quarter in which they nearly blew a 21-point lead, the Boston Celtics are just one win away from winning their record 18th NBA title.

Boston fended off a courageous comeback attempt by the Dallas Mavericks and won Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals 106-99 to take a 3-0 lead. This all but decided the series in front of the American Airlines Center crowd in Dallas. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit.

Game 4 is scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Dallas (ABC).

The Mavericks entered the game with some reason for hope after Celtics star Kristaps Porzingis, one of Boston’s best players in Games 1 and 2, was sidelined with a “rare” injury. That absence seemed to hurt Boston early on, as Dallas pounded the zone and took an early 22-9 lead.

As they have done so many times this postseason, the Celtics quickly rallied, narrowing the deficit to one point by the end of the first quarter and playing Dallas in a tie in the second quarter.

Then came the third quarter, when the Mavericks lost out. Just as Dallas stars Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving began to tire, the Celtics hit them with a barrage of 3-pointers and took a commanding lead in the second half.

It could have been over from there, as Boston took a 91-70 lead at 11:07 of the fourth quarter. But the Mavericks responded with a 22-2 run over the course of nearly eight minutes to cut the deficit to one. The blow that stifled this frenetic comeback finally came with the whistle, when Dončić was taken out of the game for a foul with 4:38 left.

It was the first time all season and in his postseason career that Dončić committed a foul.

Without Dončić, the Mavericks narrowly missed the comeback. And now they need to make an even bigger comeback for the series.

Dončić finished the game with 27 points on 27 shots, six assists and six rebounds, while Kyrie Irving was the leading scorer with 35 points on 13 of 28 shooting. The Mavericks have relied on their two-man game for much of the playoffs, but overall it was the Celtics duo that made the bigger difference.

Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown scored 30 points in their first 30-point games of the series. Tatum scored 31 points (mostly in the first half), six rebounds and five assists, while Brown came on strong in the second half, scoring 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Here’s how it all went down: Yahoo Sports NBA experts Jake Fischer, Vincent Goodwill and Dan Devine explain every shot in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

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  • Mavs storm back and are 3

    You have to give the Mavs credit for one thing: They won’t go down without a fight. After a foul by Jrue Holiday, Kyrie’s three free throws put Dallas up 23-2 and in the last five minutes we only had one possession. The decisive phase in the NBA final. And yes.

  • Mavs show some life

    The Mavs came out of their final timeout like a team that knows its season is on the line. A 10-0 run in less than three minutes, capped by Josh Green sinking a catch-and-shoot three-pointer from the wing off a Luka pass, cut Boston’s lead to 11 with 8:23 remaining.

  • Mavs get something going

    Not so fast… Dallas’ comeback attempt here at the start of the fourth is taking shape, reducing a 21-point deficit to 11. There were – finally – some good efforts from the Mavericks without Donic/Irving: a three-pointer from Josh Green, a home run from PJ Washington, a putback from Lively.

  • Boston 3 Party

    This step-back three-pointer by Derrick White was the Celtics’ 16th of the night, on their 40th attempt. Before tonight, Boston was 51-10 in all the most home runs with at least 40; they are 21 points ahead and 11 minutes away from making it 52-10.

  • Will the Mavs show fighting spirit?

    It feels like Jaylen Brown’s dunk was an announcement that the game was over. Not just for tonight, but for the entire season. 85-70, Celtics lead.

  • Boston has a firm grip on control

    Absolute dominance from Boston after halftime – a 35-19 third quarter, capped by a hot knife drive through butter and a tomahawk dunk by Jaylen Brown right down Broadway. The Celtics enter the fourth quarter with a 15-point lead (85-70) and are just 12 minutes away from pushing the Mavericks into a 3-0 hole that no team has ever escaped from.

  • Dallas finished?

    This game feels over. This series feels over. The jumbotron camera just panned over to Patrick Mahomes sitting courtside. The MC is telling the crowd to make noise. And it’s just absolutely dead in here.

  • Jaylen Brown takes on the challenge

    Jaylen Brown smells blood in the water. He’s on Lukas’ heels whenever he can, racing downhill like a running back who’s found a gap in the offensive line. Continued brilliance in both directions for the All-Star wing, who wanted to prove this season that he’s much more than just a scorer.

  • Are the Mavs hitting a wall?

    The Mavericks’ offense has always been about forcing a switch in the pick-and-roll to exploit a perceived mismatch. But those perceived mismatches persist – as Al Horford, Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard did multiple times tonight and as Xavier Tillman just did. Dallas doesn’t have many opportunities. Now it’s just 21 of 39 (53.8%) from inside the box, with just one corner three-pointer on two corner attempts.

  • Boston comes out of halftime safely

    Whatever Joe Mazzulla said to the Celtics in the locker room—maybe something about killer whales or UFC fighters hitting each other below the belt?—he should probably write it down to use in the next game. Boston scores in the first six Second half possessions capped by a catch-and-shoot three-pointer from Jayson Tatum, set up by a drive-and-kick from Jaylen Brown — Brown has seven assists, by the way — and Jason Kidd calls a timeout when the C’s are up by five points, 64-59.

  • Tatum likes Game 3

    Jayson Tatum told me after Game 3 against Indiana that these are his favorite matchups in a series. He loves silencing a road crowd in those third games, and his last three give him 25 and a 64-59 Boston lead.

  • Tatum and the Celtics gain a small lead

    Tatum’s offense has arrived in Dallas. And his teammates are on board. Celtics lead 64-59.

  • Or are the Mavs on a roll?

    What makes you feel good as a Mavericks: Luka and Kyrie continue to find suitable opponents in the pick-and-roll. After having problems with shots from the center back in Games 1 and 2, you are ahead in the penalty box by 30-16 at halftime. And you are finally getting some extra shots, scoring six points from six second chances.

  • This is how the NBA Finals should be

    Lots of matchup hunting, lots of regression, and we have the best game of the series so far. Both teams are feeling much more in rhythm than they did in Boston, and that should make for an exciting finish.

  • Are the Celtics well positioned?

    What you’re happy about as a Celtics: Nearly 85% of your first-half shots came from either the basket or beyond the three-point line; you finally got Tatum going; Tillman, Hauser and Pritchard are under attack but have mostly held their ground. If Jaylen Brown (2 of 6), Derrick White (1 of 7) or Jrue Holiday (2 of 6) can get into a rhythm on the shots you like, you’re in a good position.

  • In Dallas it’s a different game

    Jayson Tatum hasn’t taken more than six shots or scored more than 18 points in the first two games in Boston. Here, he’s already topped both games by scoring 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, carrying the load for a Celtics team trying to weather the storm in Dallas. The Celtics needed every one of those points to keep up with Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić (combined 37 points on 50% shooting) as they gave the Mavs a 51-50 halftime lead.

  • Tatum keeps Boston in the game

    Jayson Tatum is the only one preventing it from being a landslide victory. He has 20 in the first half and the score is 50-50. Well over half of the Cs’ shots are three-pointers.

  • Kyrie does his thing

    Kyrie Irving missed his first nine three-pointers of the 2024 NBA Finals. He’s made his last four – three in this second quarter alone, including two nasty stepbacks in Boston games – and scored 20 points in 19 minutes. That’s the shooting technique Dallas desperately needed; so far, their other star is playing like one.

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