Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the Boston Celtics to a crucial victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, edging closer to a historic series sweep.

Tatum scored 31 points while Brown added 30, helping the Celtics secure a 106-99 win and a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

With their franchise record extending to a 10th consecutive playoff victory, the Celtics are poised to claim their 18th championship title with just one more win.

Despite a late surge from the Mavericks, Tatum and Brown’s heroics ensured the Celtics remained in control, with Derrick White contributing 16 crucial points.

The absence of Kristaps Porzingis didn’t deter Boston’s dominance, as they capitalized on their playoff momentum to overcome Dallas once again.

The Mavericks fought valiantly, spurred by Luka Doncic’s efforts (27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) before his sixth foul forced him off the court. Kyrie Irving bounced back after tough first two games with 35 points (13/28 field goals).

Despite Dallas’s resilience, the Celtics’ resilience and depth proved too much to overcome, sealing their near-sweep of the series.

The Celtics’ victory signals a significant step toward reclaiming NBA glory, with their last championship dating back to 2008.

As the series progresses, the Celtics maintain their focus on closing out the Mavericks and securing their place in basketball history.