Celtics survive scare, take commanding 3-0 lead in finals

The Boston Celtics escaped a near-disaster in Dallas, holding off a furious comeback attempt by the Mavericks to win Game 3 of the NBA Finals 106-99. This victory puts them on the cusp of their 18th championship title.

The Celtics’ dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum (31 points) and Jaylen Brown (30 points) spearheaded the Boston offense. Their combined scoring prowess proved crucial in weathering the Mavericks’ late surge. Brown’s clutch jumper with a minute remaining and key defensive stops on Kyrie Irving solidified the Celtics’ hold on the game.

Dallas appeared poised for a historic comeback after erasing a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter. However, their comeback hopes were dashed by Luka Doncic’s unfortunate sixth foul with just over four minutes remaining. Without their star player on the court, the Mavericks fell short and now face an uphill battle to avoid elimination.

The Mavericks face a daunting task, as no team in NBA Finals history has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit. Despite a valiant effort in Game 3, they’ll need a monumental performance in the remaining games to keep their championship aspirations alive.

The Celtics, on the other hand, stand on the verge of NBA glory. A win in Game 4 would secure their 18th championship title and etch their names in Boston basketball history. They’ll look to capitalize on their momentum and close out the series on Dallas’ home court.

While the Mavericks’ comeback attempt wasn’t enough to secure victory, it certainly provided a thrilling moment in Finals history. Their resilience and determination deserve recognition, but ultimately they were unable to overcome the Celtics’ balanced attack and suffocating defense.

The focus now shifts to Game 4, scheduled for Friday (Saturday, Philippine Time) in Dallas. The Mavericks will be desperate to avoid a sweep, while the Celtics aim to close out the series and claim the coveted championship trophy. This matchup promises high stakes and intense competition as both teams fight for their ultimate goal.