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Boston Celtics are NBA champions for a record 18th time

The Boston Celtics won Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, with a score of 106-88 at their own TD Garden, to become NBA champions for a record 18th time. Previously tied with the Los Angeles Lakers at 17 titles, the Celtics now stand alone as the outright record holders of the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Jaylen Brown was selected as the NBA Finals MVP, ahead of teammate Jayson Tatum, who was Boston’s top contributor last night. Tatum scored 31 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and provided 11 assists, while Brown had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Dallas Mavericks were once again disappointing, with their two stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving finishing with 28 and 15 points respectively. The Mavericks lost the battle under the rim, being outrebounded 51-36 by the Celtics, including a 15-8 deficit in offensive rebounds.

This is the first NBA title for the Celtics franchise since 2008 and only their second in the past 37 years.