NBA Playoffs 2024: Boston Celtics Through To Next Round, Dallas Mavericks Gain Upper Hand On The Clippers

The first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs are nearing completion and tonight's fixtures resembled ghosts of playoffs past for both the Boston Celtics who were defeated by Miami in the previous season whereas Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks have been eliminated twice by the Clippers in the years leading up to this years series.
Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic

Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic

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The first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs are nearing completion and tonight's fixtures resembled ghosts of playoffs past for both the Boston Celtics who were defeated by Miami in the previous season whereas Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks have been eliminated twice by the Clippers in the years leading up to this years series.
Miami Heat 84-118 Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics exacted revenge on the Miami Heat in a dominant 118-84 victory on Wednesday night, advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. This win comes a year after the Heat embarrassed Boston in a Game 7 at TD Garden. Jaylen Brown and Derrick White led the Celtics with 25 points each. Brown added six assists, while White hit five crucial three-pointers. Boston never trailed and held a commanding lead throughout the game, reaching a maximum of 37 points ahead.
The Heat, missing key players like Jimmy Butler and Terry Rozier, struggled offensively and defensively. Bam Adebayo's 23 points were a bright spot, but Miami only managed three successful three-pointers out of 29 attempts. The Celtics also overcame the absence of center Kristaps Porzingis, who strained his calf in Game 4. His teammates stepped up, contributing to a comfortable lead established in the first half.
Miami's depleted roster, missing Jaquez Jr. alongside Butler and Rozier, forced them to utilize various lineups throughout the series. Boston exploited these weaknesses, finding open shots and building a significant lead early on. This win marks a significant step for the Celtics in their potential championship run. They now await the winner of the Cleveland-Orlando series.
Dallas Mavericks 123-93 Los Angeles Clippers
Despite battling a sprained knee and a nagging illness, Luka Doncic delivered a dominant performance to propel the Dallas Mavericks to a 123-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Doncic's 35 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds were instrumental in pushing the Mavericks to a 3-2 series lead.
Doncic's perseverance was on display throughout the game. The injured knee, which would likely sideline him in the regular season, and a cold that forced him to take frequent breaks, couldn't hold him back. He exploded for 20 points in the second half alone, dismantling the Clippers' defense.
This win puts the Mavericks on the cusp of their first playoff series victory since 2022. Maxi Kleber's sharpshooting with five three-pointers and Kyrie Irving's 14 points provided valuable support for Doncic. The victory also marked the Clippers' worst playoff defeat in franchise history.
With just one win separating them from the second round, the Mavericks return to Dallas brimming with confidence. Game 6 is set for Friday, and if necessary, a Game 7 will follow in Los Angeles on Sunday. Doncic's ability to overcome his physical limitations will be crucial as the Mavericks aim to close out the series.
(This Article was written with AP Inputs)
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