Game 2 Turnaround: Boston Celtics Stun Dallas Mavericks with 105-98 Victory

The Dallas Mavericks faced a setback in Game 2 after a strong performance from Luka Dončić, but it was not enough to overcome the Boston Celtics, who secured a 105-98 victory. Jrue Holiday led the way for the Celtics with an impressive offensive display, helping them take a 2-0 series lead as they head to Dallas for Game 3. Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in the Finals have historically had a strong record, with an 86.1% success rate, according to ESPN.

Despite a strong start from Dallas and Dončić’s efforts in the first half, the Celtics managed to take a halftime lead despite poor shooting from beyond the arc. They capitalized on turnovers and tightened up their defense in the third quarter, extending their lead to 83-74. Derrick White played a crucial role in sealing the victory for the Celtics, showcasing strong defense and contributing on the offensive end.

In contrast, Dallas struggled with turnovers, particularly from Dončić, which allowed Boston to take control of the game. Although Dončić put up an impressive triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds, his eight turnovers proved costly for the Mavericks. Kyrie Irving also had a tough shooting night, finishing with 16 points and six assists.

While Tatum struggled with his shot, Holiday shined for the Celtics with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and a well-rounded performance. Jaylen Brown also made significant contributions with 21 points, seven assists, and strong defensive play. Boston’s depth and collective effort ultimately proved to be too much for the Mavericks to overcome.

Looking ahead to Game 3, Dallas will have the home-court advantage, which could potentially help Irving find his shooting rhythm. However, the Mavericks will need to address their free-throw shooting and limit turnovers if they hope to make a comeback in the series. As the competition intensifies, both teams will need to make adjustments to secure a victory in the upcoming games.