Celtics Win 18th NBA Championship With a 106-88 Game 5 Victory Over the Mavericks

Jaylen Brown is named NBA Finals MVP as Boston clinches its first title since 2008.

The Boston Celtics captured their 18th NBA title with a commanding 106-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the 2024 NBA Finals. Behind stellar performances from Jayson Tatum, who had 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists, and Finals MVP Jaylen Brown, who contributed 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, the Celtics secured their place in history on the 16th anniversary of their 17th championship.

This win allowed the Celtics to surpass their eternal rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, for the most titles in NBA history. "I mean, this is going to be a night that I will remember for the rest of my life, from the game, the celebration, these moments," Tatum said. "Over the last couple years, we had some tough losses at home in the playoffs. We've lost the NBA championship at home in front of our fans. We had a chance to beat Miami in Game 6 a few years ago and lost that one.

"So to have a big win -- the biggest win that you could have in front of your home crowd -- I felt like that was really important to go out there and do everything in my power to make sure we won this game tonight."

Joe Mazzulla became the youngest coach to win an NBA title since Bill Russell in 1969, and veteran Al Horford finally celebrated his first championship after 17 seasons.

This triumph adds to the Celtics' rich legacy, which includes legendary figures like Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Paul Pierce.

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