NBA Finals 2024: Celtics-Mavericks news, schedule, scores and highlights

Celtics take 2-0 Finals lead behind dominant late surge (1:46)

The Boston Celtics take a 2-0 series lead after coming alive in the second half to defeat the Dallas Mavericks. (1:46)

The Boston Celtics are the 2024 NBA Champions.

Jayson Tatum put up a 31-point performance to lead the franchise to it's 18th championship and Tatum's first, beating the Dallas Mavericks in a five-game series.

Jaylen Brown claimed the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Brown and Tatum have played in a combined 107 career playoff games as a duo -- the most ever by teammates prior to winning a NBA title.

The Celtics dominated throughout the season and finished with a with a 80-21 record, the second-best in franchise history. They defeated the Mavericks in Game 5, 106-88 to claim the title.

The series was played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, the Celtics hosted Games 1, 2, and 5 and the Mavs hosted Games 3 and 4.

Revisit the five-game series between the Celtics and Mavericks here.

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Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks, 4-1

Game 1: Celtics 107, Mavericks 89
Game 2: Celtics 105, Mavericks 98
Game 3: Celtics 106, Mavericks 99
Game 4: Mavericks 122, Celtics 84
Game 5: Celtics 106, Mavericks 88

Game 5: Celtics 106, Mavericks 88

Porzingis throws down electric jam to put Boston fans on their feet

Kristaps Porzingis throws down the emphatic two-handed dunk on the baseline.

Game 4: Mavericks 122, Celtics 84

Luka on Mavs' defense in Game 4: 'Everybody was locked in'

Luka Doncic says he "doesn't pay much attention" to outside critics after the Mavericks held the Celtics to 84 points in Game 4 win.

Adam Silver presents Larry O'Brien Trophy trophy to the Celtics

Commissioner Adam Silver hands over the championship trophy to the Celtics after they win the 2023-24 NBA title.

Tatum shares special moment with son, Deuce, after winning NBA Finals

After the Celtics clinch the NBA Finals, Jayson Tatum shares a special moment with his son on the court.

Game 3: Celtics 106, Mavericks 99

Mavs rout Celtics by 38 points to stay alive and force Game 5

The Mavericks record the third-largest margin of victory in NBA Finals history as they beat the Celtics 122-84 in Dallas.

Kyrie Irving nearly connects with game-changing triple

Kyrie Irving comes inches away from a major 3-pointer to put the Mavericks within a bucket, but comes up just short.

Celtics survive furious 4th quarter to win Game 3

The Celtics repel a late surge from the Mavericks to win 106-99 and take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Game 2: Celtics 105, Mavericks 98

Derrick White chases down P.J. Washington for incredible game-sealing block

P.J. Washington appears to have an open dunk, but Derrick White races back to reject him at the rim.

Celtics dominant as they take Game 1 of the NBA Finals

The Celtics assert their dominance over the Mavericks in Game 1 as they win 107-89 behind strong performances from Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis.

Game 1: Celtics 107, Mavericks 89

Kristaps Porzingis steps up with 20 in return to Celtics' lineup

Kristaps Porzingis returns in a big way, scoring 20 points and collecting 3 blocks to help the Celtics take Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Jason Kidd addresses Mavs in locker room following Game 1 loss

Jason Kidd reflects on the good the Mavericks can pull from their Game 1 loss to the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Jrue Holiday keeps the play alive with unreal dime

Jrue Holiday makes a tough assist look effortless with a sensational dime to Derrick White for a 3-pointer.

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How to watch the NBA Finals

All NBA Finals games will air on ABC and ESPN Radio. They will also be streamed on the ESPN app.

Which team has home-court advantage in the NBA Finals?

The Boston Celtics enter the Finals with home-court advantage over the Dallas Mavericks. Boston finished with a 64-18 regular season record, the best in the Eastern Conference and overall in the NBA. Dallas finished with a 50-32 record, the fifth best in the Western Conference.

Final 2023-24 NBA regular-season standings

Which team left standing has the most trips to the NBA Finals?

Here is a look at how both teams have fared in past trips to the NBA Finals:

  • The Boston Celtics have 23 NBA Finals appearances, with 17 championships. The 17 titles are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for most in NBA history. Before this season, the Celtics' last Finals appearance was in 2022 (losing to the Golden State Warriors) and their most recent championship was in 2008 (defeating the Lakers).

  • The Dallas Mavericks have three NBA Finals appearances. Before this season, their most recent appearance -- and only championship -- was in 2011 when they defeated the Miami Heat. The Mavs reached the 2006 NBA Finals, losing to the Heat.

Which team has the best odds at winning the NBA Finals?

Check out which team has the best odds, as well as for who'll win the NBA Finals MVP.

For the most current odds go to ESPN BET