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NBA Finals 2024: Celtics-Mavericks news, schedule, scores and highlights

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JJ Redick: That was 'a bad impersonation of the Boston Celtics' (2:19)

JJ Redick and Doris Burke join "SportsCenter" and react to the Celtics' blowout loss to the Mavericks in Game 4. (2:19)

The 2024 NBA Finals are here! Only two teams remain standing in the postseason as the best-of-seven series between the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks tipped off on June 6 (watch every game on ABC and the ESPN app).

The Celtics clinched the Eastern Conference by sweeping the Indiana Pacers, continuing a postseason run where they've also ousted the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston now eyes its 18th NBA Finals championship and returns to the series after losing in 2022 to the Golden State Warriors.

The Mavericks are back in the NBA Finals since winning the franchise's only title in 2011 after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves to claim the Western Conference. Dallas also eliminated the LA Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder before taking down the Timberwolves.

As the team with the better regular season record, Boston has home court advantage for the series. The series is played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, with the Celtics hosting Games 1 and 2, with the Mavs hosting Games 3 and 4. If necessary, Boston will host Games 5 and 7, with Dallas hosting Game 6.

Follow along for latest news, updates, highlights and more.

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NBA FINALS


Boston Celtics lead Dallas Mavericks, 3-1

Game 1: Celtics 107, Mavericks 89
Game 2: Celtics 105, Mavericks 98
Game 3: Celtics 106, Mavericks 99
Game 4: Mavericks 122, Celtics 84
Game 5: Monday, June 17 at Boston. 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 6*: Thursday, June 20 at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Game 7*: Sunday, June 23 at Boston, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)

*If necessary

Game 4: Mavericks 122, Celtics 84

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Mavs rout Celtics by 38 points to stay alive and force Game 5

The Mavericks record the third-largest margin of victory in NBA Finals history as they beat the Celtics 122-84 in Dallas.

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Jason Kidd on Mavs' effort in Game 4: 'It was this or vacation'

Jason Kidd discusses the Mavericks' improved play in Game 4 that helped Dallas avoid getting swept.

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Luka on Mavs' defense in Game 4: 'Everybody was locked in'

Luka Doncic says he "doesn't pay much attention" to outside critics after the Mavericks held the Celtics to 84 points in Game 4 win.


Game 3: Celtics 106, Mavericks 99

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Celtics survive furious 4th quarter to win Game 3

The Celtics repel a late surge from the Mavericks to win 106-99 and take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

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Jrue Holiday keeps the play alive with unreal dime

Jrue Holiday makes a tough assist look effortless with a sensational dime to Derrick White for a 3-pointer.

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Kyrie Irving nearly connects with game-changing triple

Kyrie Irving comes inches away from a major 3-pointer to put the Mavericks within a bucket, but comes up just short.


Game 2: Celtics 105, Mavericks 98

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Celtics take 2-0 Finals lead behind dominant late surge

The Boston Celtics take a 2-0 series lead after coming alive in the second half to defeat the Dallas Mavericks.

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Derrick White chases down P.J. Washington for incredible game-sealing block

P.J. Washington appears to have an open dunk, but Derrick White races back to reject him at the rim.


Game 1: Celtics 107, Mavericks 89

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Celtics dominant as they take Game 1 of the NBA Finals

The Celtics assert their dominance over the Mavericks in Game 1 as they win 107-89 behind strong performances from Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Kristaps Porzingis steps up with 20 in return to Celtics' lineup

Kristaps Porzingis returns in a big way, scoring 20 points and collecting 3 blocks to help the Celtics take Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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Jason Kidd addresses Mavs in locker room following Game 1 loss

Jason Kidd reflects on the good the Mavericks can pull from their Game 1 loss to the Celtics in the NBA Finals.


Latest news and coverage


How to watch the NBA Finals

All NBA Finals games will air on ABC and ESPN Radio. They will also be streamed on the ESPN app.


Which team has home-court advantage in the NBA Finals?

The Boston Celtics enter the Finals with home-court advantage over the Dallas Mavericks. Boston finished with a 64-18 regular season record, the best in the Eastern Conference and overall in the NBA. Dallas finished with a 50-32 record, the fifth best in the Western Conference.

Final 2023-24 NBA regular-season standings


Which team left standing has the most trips to the NBA Finals?

Here is a look at how both teams have fared in past trips to the NBA Finals:

  • The Boston Celtics have 23 NBA Finals appearances, with 17 championships. The 17 titles are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for most in NBA history. Before this season, the Celtics' last Finals appearance was in 2022 (losing to the Golden State Warriors) and their most recent championship was in 2008 (defeating the Lakers).

  • The Dallas Mavericks have three NBA Finals appearances. Before this season, their most recent appearance -- and only championship -- was in 2011 when they defeated the Miami Heat. The Mavs reached the 2006 NBA Finals, losing to the Heat.


Which team has the best odds at winning the NBA Finals?

Check out which team has the best odds, as well as for who'll win the NBA Finals MVP.

For the most current odds go to ESPN BET