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The Celtics are one step away from the NBA ring after beating the Mavericks again (99-106)

The Boston Celtics are one step away from the NBA champion title after also beating the Dallas Mavericks in the third game of the Finals (99-106) thanks to the great performance of the green team’s leading duo with 30 points. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum’s 31, against a rival that clings to the epic of doing what no one has been able to do before, overcoming a 3-0 loss in a tie.

The Mavericks tried to get the first win in the series, and found the best version of Kyrie Irving, who was not successful in the first two games, but who went up to 35 points in total, accompanying a Luka Doncic who was expelled with four minutes remaining for six personal reasons and did not have his best night despite his 27 points, with 1/7 in triples.

The first quarter ended with 31-30 for Jason Kidd’s team, who began leading the scoreboard with a 17-7 partial in the middle of the first act. Those from Boston took the lead led by their duo, and also with the points from outside by Sam Hauser, who acted as an unexpected factor with 3/3 in triples at halftime, which reached 51-50 for the locals.

In the third quarter, the Celtics took control of the match, managing to stop the attack of their rivals and finding the success in attack of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who also left spectacular actions. The first put the signature to the third period with a sensational dunk that made the score 70-85 with the last quarter remaining.

The lead continued to increase in the final act, reaching over 20 points after a triple by Derrick White with 11 minutes remaining (70-91). The Mavericks wanted to hold on to the match, and with a run of 20-2 they were only three points behind with four minutes remaining (90-93).

At that moment came Doncic’s sixth personal foul, after contact with Jaylen Brown that the referees interpreted as a foul by the Slovenian in defense, and which left the ‘Mavs’ without their star for the final stretch. Given the loss of Doncic, Irving tried to act as a leader of his team, but the solidarity of Boston’s team prevailed once again.

This Friday, the Celtics will have their first opportunity to certify the title of champions, again at the American Airlines Center against the Mavericks, who will seek to add their first victory in this series, and begin a comeback that no one has achieved before, not even in a Finals. not even in a qualifying round.

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