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Examining the Mavericks’ Game 4 Blowout: A Historic Moment in NBA Finals

The Boston Celtics had an opportunity to clinch the 2024 NBA Finals on Friday, but head coach Joe Mazzulla conceded defeat before the third quarter concluded.

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks displayed utter dominance in Game 4, storming past Boston 122-84 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Facing the possibility of a sweep, Doncic poured in 25 of his game-high 29 points in the first half, propelling Dallas to a commanding 61-35 lead at halftime. The Mavericks extended their advantage to as much as 48 points in the second half, marking the largest lead in an NBA Finals game in at least 50 years, as reported by ESPN.

With three minutes left in the third quarter, Mazzulla cleared his bench, followed shortly by Mavericks coach Jason Kidd, as both teams turned their focus to Game 5 on Monday.

Where does the Mavericks’ 38-point victory rank among the largest blowouts in NBA Finals history?

The largest margin of victory in an NBA Finals game occurred in 1998 when the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz by 42 points in Game 3, winning 96-54 on their way to capturing the championship.

Boston holds the second-largest victory in Finals history, closing out the 2008 Finals with a 39-point triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 131-92.

The Mavericks’ 38-point dismantling of the Celtics now ranks third all-time. Previously, this spot was held by the San Antonio Spurs, who defeated the Miami Heat by 36 points (113-77) in the 2013 Finals, according to ESPN.

In NBA playoff history, the largest margin of victory in a game is 58 points, achieved twice: first by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1956 with a 133-75 win over the St. Louis Hawks, and again by the Denver Nuggets in 2009 with a 121-63 victory over the New Orleans Hornets, as noted by StatMuse.

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