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NBA Finals 2024: Dallas Forces Game 5 with Dominant Game 4 Win

In a pivotal Game 4 with their season hanging by a thread, the Dallas Mavericks delivered a commanding performance, securing a victory that sends the NBA Finals back to Boston for Game 5 on Monday.

Key Highlights

  • Start to Finish: Dallas opened the game strong and maintained their momentum throughout, ending with a 38-point victory.
  • Luka Doncic: After fouling out of Game 3, Doncic led the Mavs with a stellar performance in Game 4.
  • Defensive Masterclass: Dallas held the Celtics to a season-low 84 points.
  • Behind the Scenes: Exclusive insights from our correspondents at Game 4.
  • Game 4 Frames: A collection of our favorite photos from the intense match in Dallas.

Game 4 and Finals Schedule

The Finals now shift back to Boston for Game 5 on Monday night. Stay updated with the latest news and exclusive content on the NBA App throughout the weekend.

Trivia Time: Challenge yourself with today’s NBA Play: Expert Mode. Can you name the top five all-time leaders in Finals 3-pointers made?

1. Mavs Dominate from Start to Finish

In Game 3, Dallas started hot, building a 13-point lead before cooling off, allowing the Celtics to claw back. However, Game 4 was a different story. With their season on the line, Dallas maintained their intensity from start to finish, leading to a 122-84 victory, the third-highest margin of victory in Finals history.

Historical Context:

  • Comeback Kings: Dallas is only the third team in 70 years to force a Game 5 after trailing 3-0 in the Finals, joining the 1996 Sonics and the 2017 Cavs.
  • Streak Snappers: This win ended Boston’s 10-game playoff win streak and handed the Celtics their first road loss this postseason.

Key Performances:

  • Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving: The dynamic duo combined to outscore the Celtics in both the first quarter (22-21) and the first half (36-35).
  • Supporting Cast: The rest of the Mavs contributed significantly, shooting 57.1% in the first half, with Dereck Lively II hitting his first-ever NBA 3-pointer and securing a double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds).

Luka’s Leadership: Luka Doncic emphasized the team effort: “It’s big. It’s basketball. It’s five people on the floor. So that’s huge for us. Everybody played with a lot of energy. That’s how we got to do it. We got to think the same way in Game 5 in Boston.”

2. Luka Doncic’s Redemption

After fouling out in Game 3, Luka Doncic responded in Game 4 by scoring 29 points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Doncic set the tone early, scoring 13 points in the first quarter alone, leading Dallas to a 13-point lead.

Young History Maker:

  • Third Youngest: Doncic (25 years, 107 days) became the third-youngest player to score 25+ points in the first half of a Finals game.
  • Elite Company: Doncic joined LeBron James, Larry Bird, and Nikola Jokic as the only players to accumulate at least 600 points, 150 rebounds, and 150 assists in a single playoff run.

Coach Jason Kidd: “I thought he was great… I thought he played his game tonight. He didn’t force anything… We got to play faster. I thought he set the pace for us tonight.”

3. Defensive Prowess

The Celtics, boasting a season-high offensive rating, were held to a season-low 84 points by Dallas in Game 4. This defensive masterclass was led by rookie Dereck Lively II and Luka Doncic, who topped the defensive rating charts.

Defensive Highlights:

  • Field Goal Defense: The Mavs limited the Celtics to 36.2% shooting, Boston’s lowest of the postseason.
  • Interior Defense: Dallas dominated inside, holding Boston to 38.5% shooting from two-point range.
  • Assists and Hustle: Boston managed only 18 assists and was held to a series-low in fast break points and offensive rebounds.

Coach Joe Mazzulla: “Their multiple efforts… every time we went in for a layup, they had multiple guys contest… They just did a great job flying around on the defensive end.”

4. All-Access Pass to Game 4

Exclusive Coverage: Warriors rookie Brandin Podziemski and Content Creator Jenna Bandy provided unique insights into the electrifying atmosphere of the Finals.

Fan Energy: The excitement in Dallas was palpable, with fans and players alike showing immense belief in their team.

Memorable Moments:

  • Celebrity Sightings: Stars like Dirk Nowitzki, Joel Embiid, Kyler Murray, and Hailey Van Lith were spotted enjoying the game.
  • Locker Room Vibes: Coach Kidd motivated the team with a rousing speech, urging them to pack for Boston.
  • Game-Time Highlights: From Luka’s pregame trick shots to Jayson Tatum’s half-court hook shot, the energy was unmatched.

Dallas now heads to Boston, aiming to continue their historic comeback and force a Game 6. With momentum on their side, the Mavericks are determined to keep their championship hopes alive.

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