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“Playoff Showdowns: Celtics Clinch Eastern Conference Finals, Mavericks Take Lead”

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  • Awaiting them in the Eastern Conference title showdown are either the Indiana Pacers or the New York Knicks, setting the stage for a highly anticipated matchup with a ticket to the NBA Finals on the line.
  • The Mavericks aim to clinch the playoff series and secure a spot in the Western Conference finals as they return home for game six on Sunday (01.

The Boston Celtics secured a commanding 113-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, sealing their path to the Eastern Conference finals for the third consecutive year.

Leading the charge was Jayson Tatum, notching an impressive 25 points for the top-seeded Celtics, ultimately clinching the best-of-seven semi-final series with a 4-1 triumph.

Awaiting them in the Eastern Conference title showdown are either the Indiana Pacers or the New York Knicks, setting the stage for a highly anticipated matchup with a ticket to the NBA Finals on the line.

In another playoff matchup, Luka Doncic showcased his prowess by tallying 31 points, propelling the Dallas Mavericks to a pivotal 3-2 series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Doncic’s stellar performance included a second consecutive triple-double, complemented by 10 rebounds and 11 assists, as Dallas rebounded from a setback in game four.

Reflecting on their resilience, Doncic remarked, “It’s just our mentality. We know in the last game we played them at home, we let it go. It was our mistakes and they hit shots.”

The Mavericks aim to clinch the playoff series and secure a spot in the Western Conference finals as they return home for game six on Sunday (01:00 BST). Shai Gilgeous-Alexander countered with a strong 30-point effort for the top-seeded Thunder, who now face the daunting task of winning consecutive games to stay alive in the playoffs.

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Meanwhile, anticipation builds for the Celtics as they await their Eastern Conference final opponents, with New York holding a 3-2 series lead against Indiana. Jaylen Brown, reflecting on their journey, expressed gratitude, stating, “It’s a blessing, honestly, to be a part of winning. It’s been a great journey so far, but we’re not done yet. We just have to keep going.”

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