Luka Doncic Shines in Game 4, Leads Mavericks to First Win in NBA Finals

In Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Boston Celtics 122-84 to effectively prolong their season. Luka Doncic scored 25 of his 29 points in the first half, while Kyrie Irving chipped in 21 points.

For good reason, the Mavs’ stars were done by the end of the third quarter. From the beginning, it was all Dallas. Before both teams exhausted their bench, the Mavs led by 13 at the end of the first quarter, 26 at the half, and up to 38 in the third.

The final margin of 38 points was the third-largest in NBA Finals history, only surpassed by Chicago’s 96-54 victory over Utah in 1998 and the Celtics’ 131-92 victory over the Lakers in 2008.

The series is still up 3-1 to the Celtics, and on Monday, Game 5 will take place in Boston.

The Celtics’ record 10-game winning streak in the postseason was broken by the loss, which was Boston’s first in five weeks. Additionally, the team’s opportunity to become the first in NBA history to win both the conference finals and the finals in 4-0 sweeps was also lost.

For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points, Sam Hauser with 14, Jaylen Brown with 10, and Jrue Holiday with 10.

 

Dereck Lively II led Dallas with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points, all in the fourth quarter. Early in the evening, Lively was the one to hint that the Mavs were going to have a successful night. About halfway through the first quarter, he made his first 3-pointer of the NBA, giving the Mavs a decisive lead.

From there, they took off running. and carried on sprinting.

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