Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Celtics vs. Mavericks score: Boston holds off Luka Doncic, Dallas for 2-0 lead in 2024 NBA Finals

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The Boston Celtics are two wins away from their 18th NBA championship. The Celtics have a 2-0 lead against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2024 NBA Finals after a 105-98 win in Game 2 on Sunday night in Boston. Jrue Holiday had 26 points to lead the Celtics, who again had a balanced effort. Boston got at least 12 points from five different players, and held the lead for nearly the entire second half. The Mavericks made a late run, but Derrick White came up with a huge block with less than a minute remaining to keep Boston’s two-possession lead intact.

Luka Doncic had a game-high 32 points to lead Dallas and finished with 11 assists and 11 rebounds for a triple-double. Doncic was downgraded to questionable ahead of Game 2 thanks to a chest contusion he suffered in Game 1. He had his torso heavily wrapped before the game, but played 42 minutes and shot 12 for 21 from the floor.

The Mavericks, who were previously 5-0 after a loss this season, struggled again from 3-point range. They hit just six 3-pointers on 26 attempts and also shot just 16 of 24 from the free-throw line. Boston wasn’t much better from 3-point range (going 10 for 39), but the team hit 19 of its 20 free-throw attempts.

CBS Sports will have more on this game shortly.

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