Celtics Dominate Mavericks in Game 2 to Take 2-0 Lead in NBA Finals – Holiday Shines, Doncic Misses Clutch Shot

Boston, Massachusetts – Jrue Holiday’s stellar performance, coupled with Jayson Tatum’s impressive assists and rebounds, led the Boston Celtics to a 105-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Despite Luka Doncic’s remarkable triple-double for the Mavericks, Boston’s strong team effort secured the win. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Dallas, where the Mavericks will strive to avoid a sweep and force a Game 4.

The Celtics’ victory marked their ninth time winning the first two games in the NBA Finals, having emerged victorious in the previous eight instances without needing a Game 7. Jaylen Brown, Tatum, and Derrick White provided solid contributions to Boston’s success, helping to maintain their lead throughout the game.

Kyrie Irving’s return to the TD Garden was met with mixed reactions from the Boston crowd, with the former Celtic scoring 16 points despite his team’s defeat. Throughout the game, Boston struggled with their 3-point shooting, a significant difference from their dominant performance in Game 1.

Tatum’s slow start didn’t deter the Celtics, as they rallied in the second half to secure the win. A buzzer-beating shot by Payton Pritchard further extended Boston’s lead, highlighting their resilience on the court.

As the series progresses, both teams will need to make strategic adjustments to gain momentum and secure pivotal wins. The upcoming games promise intense matchups as the Celtics aim to maintain their lead and the Mavericks fight to turn the series in their favor.