July 13, 2024

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Jaylen Brown was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after leading the Celtics to a win over the Mavericks for their first title since 2008.

Jaylen Brown was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after leading the Celtics to a win over the Mavericks for their first title since 2008.

Jaylen Brown got some extra hardware from TD Garden on Monday night.

Brown was officially named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after the Boston Celtics’ victory over the Dallas Mavericks, giving them their first championship since 2008 and their 18th in franchise history.

“It was a complete team effort, and I share that with my brothers and my partner in crime Jayson Tatum,” Brown told ABC after receiving the trophy. “He’s been with me all the way, so we’re in this together.”

Although all eyes were on Celtics star Jayson Tatum entering the Finals, it was Brown who shined against the Mavericks. He averaged 20.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5 assists throughout the series while shooting 44% from the field, and was a consistent force in their 4-1 win.

Brown, who the Celtics took with the No. 3 pick in 2016 out of Cal, averaged 23 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season while earning his third All-Star nod. The 27-year-old just completed the first year of a five-year, $286 million deal with the Celtics.

Brown had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 106-88 win over the Mavericks on Monday night. He shot 7-of-23 from the field and made two 3-pointers in the win as well.

That gave him the edge over Tatum, who had taken a backseat to Brown in recent weeks. He scored more than 20 points in just one of the Celtics’ first four games in the series, which came in a dominant 31-point outing in Game 3 in Dallas. Despite his slow start, Tatum completed a nearly 30-point triple-double in Game 5 on Monday night. He dropped 31 points while shooting 11 of 24 from the field and dishing out 11 assists and 8 rebounds. It was by far his best game of the Finals, which came late at the perfect time to ensure the series didn’t come back to Dallas for Game 6. It wasn’t enough to get the MVP trophy.

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The Celtics, as they have done throughout the postseason, largely dominated the Mavericks in the Finals. They jumped out to an easy 3-0 lead after a dominant start in Boston. By that point, the Celtics had won ten straight games dating back to Game 3 of their second-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston’s only stumble in the Finals came in Game 4, when Luka Doncic and the Mavericks finally showed up. The Mavericks cruised to a 38-point run in Dallas to avoid being swept in the series in what ended up being the third-largest Finals win in history.

But, as it turned out, this only delayed the inevitable. The Celtics had no problem putting away the Mavericks for good on Monday night and cruised to the win at TD Garden. This gave them their first title in 16 years.