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Mavericks stay alive with third most dominant win in NBA Finals history

June 15, 2024

Mavericks stay alive with third most dominant win in NBA Finals history

After losing the first three games of the NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks came away with a dominant game four win against the Boston Celtics on Friday to stay alive in the best out of seven series. Just how much of a beatdown did the Mavericks give the Celtics at the American Airlines Center? Well, Dallas came away with a 122-84 win. Their 38-point margin of victory was the third largest win in NBA Finals history.

The largest win in NBA Finals history was 42 points. In game three of the 1998 NBA Finals, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 96-54. The second largest win in NBA Finals history was 39 points. In game six of the 2008 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92.

Five Mavericks reached double digits in scoring. Point guard Luka Doncic of Ljubljana, Slovenia scored 29 points. Shooting guard Kyrie Irving of Melbourne, Australia had 21 points. Small forward Tim Hardaway Jr. of Alameda, California had 15 points. Center Dereck Lively II of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had 11 points, and Australian point guard Dante Exum of Melbourne had 10 points. Lively II was the only Mavericks player with a double double, as he had 12 rebounds. Hardaway Jr., Lively II and Exum reached double digits in points in a non-starting role, as they came off the bench.

Dallas outscored Boston 61-35 after the first half. At 26 points, it was the fourth largest first half lead in NBA Finals history. Game five will now be at Toronto Dominion Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday night with the Celtics having the chance to close out the series again.

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