Celtics vs. Mavericks NBA Finals: Game 5 live updates, score, highlights and analysis as Boston looks to finish off Dallas

The Boston Celtics are off to a strong start in their quest for an 18th NBA championship on home ice.

The Celtics closed the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals on a 9-0 run Monday and took a 67-46 lead over the Dallas Mavericks into halftime, leaving them 24 minutes behind. championship basketball. A mix of strong team defense and double-digit scoring from Jayson Tatum (16 points), Jaylen Brown (15 points) and Jrue Holiday (11 points) lead the way.

Can the Mavericks mount a second-half rally or will the Celtics celebrate a championship at home?

Follow Yahoo Sports NBA experts Jake Fischer, Vincent Goodwill and Ben Rohrbach for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Live61 updates

  • MVP?

    The MVP chants were for Brown and Tatum at the foul line tonight. A split vote, it seems.

  • I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player unable to perform well in a particular building, like this one with Kyrie.

  • Dallas had its chances. 7 of 29 from 3. Many of them are wide open. Doncic and Irving are 1 of 12 from 3.

  • The Celtics lead 86-67 after 3 quarters

    Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 37 points for Boston, Kyrie Irving had 9 points on 3-of-12 shooting for Dallas as the Celtics led 86-67.

  • The Celtics only have 9 second chance points, on 12 offensive rebounds. But the way this local audience reacts to each rebound has gradually emptied Dallas.

  • Luka Doncic now 1st for his 21 3-point attempts in the NBA Finals

  • Josh Green wants to extend this series! Dude is 4 for 4 from deep.

  • Luka settles down

    Luka just jumps. Whether it was injury, fatigue or something else, he didn’t even try to reach the edge. Al Horford was all alone at the top of the key and didn’t even consider trying anything other than his stepback, and he’s now 0 for 5 from three.

  • Al Horford still going strong

    Al Horford is 17 years older than Derek Lively II and used every ounce of his old man’s strength to intimidate him under the basket and force a foul. Good start to the third quarter for Horford.

  • The Celtics hit their 3

    This Al Horford 3 puts the Celtics at 12 of 23 from distance. Seven members of Boston’s eight-man rotation connected from deep. (Porzingis is the exception.) They lead Dallas by 18 points at the arc.

  • Tatum gets it done

    Jayson Tatum’s first half: 16 points, four rebounds, nine assists, zero turnovers. But what was most impressive was the fact that he seemed to exorcise his demons of not reaching the edge and not finishing enough. All of his accomplishments, other than that 3 down late in the second quarter, came in the paint and at the rim.

  • Celtics lead 67-46 at halftime

    Payton Pritchard hits another half-court 3-point bomb as the second quarter expires to give the Celtics a 67-46 halftime lead.

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