NBA playoffs 2024: Conference finals news, schedule, scores and highlights

Why Stephen A. views Jaylen Brown as Celtics' most important player (1:13)

Stephen A. Smith explains why Jaylen Brown is the most important player for the Celtics heading into the NBA Finals. (1:13)

The NBA playoffs' conference finals have wrapped up and two teams -- the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks -- emerged for the chance to play in the 2024 NBA Finals.

The Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals and will now head back to the NBA Finals for the first time since losing to the Golden State Warriors in 2022.

The Dallas Mavericks -- back in the NBA Finals for the first time since winning it in 2011 -- eliminated the Minnesota Timberwolves in five games to claim the Western Conference finals crown.

Like all the series in the previous three rounds, the NBA Finals will be a best-of-7. The team with the better regular-season record (Boston) will have home court advantage for that series. All series are played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, with the Boston hosting Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 (if necessary).

We'll have complete coverage of the NBA playoffs all the way through the 2024 NBA Finals, which tip off on June 6 on ABC and the ESPN app.

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Boston Celtics (1) defeat the Indiana Pacers (6), 4-0

Game 1: Celtics 133, Pacers 128 (OT)
Game 2: Celtics 126, Pacers 110
Game 3: Celtics 114, Pacers 111
Game 4: Celtics 105, Pacers 102

Celtics hold off Pacers late to sweep series, advance to NBA Finals

The Boston Celtics hold off the Indiana Pacers in a chaotic final few minutes to sweep the series and advance to the NBA Finals.


Dallas Mavericks (5) defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves (3), 4-1

Game 1: Mavericks 108, Timberwolves 105
Game 2: Mavericks 109, Timberwolves 108
Game 3: Mavericks 116, Timberwolves 107
Game 4: Timberwolves 105, Mavericks 100
Game 5: Mavericks 124, Timberwolves 103

'Who's crying now?!' Luka calls out fan after tough and-1

Luka Doncic has a colorful message to a fan after hitting a tough and-1 bucket in the third quarter.