When was the last time the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship? A quick look at Celtics' ring history as they win 18th title

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When was the last time the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship? A quick look at Celtics' ring history as they win 18th title

The Boston Celtics broke their lengthy title drought as they bagged their 18th title against the Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden on Monday (June 17). Led by Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis, the new 'Big 3' ensured that the C's, who fell short in 2022, didn't do so this time. The Celtics bounced back in Game 5 with a decisive 106-88 win as they asserted dominance right from tip-off.

Tatum ended his evening with 31 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists. Jaylen Brown had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Jrue Holiday and Derrick White had 15 and 14 points respectively.

They had the better of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving in the marquee clash. Having led the series 3-0, Boston was blown out in Game 4, only to respond resoundingly to win Game 5.

Tatum was one of the first players to exit the game, as it became evident that the Celtics would be winning the title. He was a picture of emotion as the forward was seen in tears. The joy soon translated to cheers and whoops as the crowd erupted soon after the final whistle.

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The Boston Celtics were the team to beat this season with 60+ wins in the regular season. They fended off the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers to get to the deep end and finally got past the lethal Mavs duo of Doncic and Irving.

When did the Boston Celtics win their last NBA championship?

The Boston Celtics' last championship came on June 17, 2008, exactly 16 years ago, and now they bagged their 18th title on the same date.

The 2008 side was led by the 'Big 3' of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett as they won Game 6 in blowout fashion over Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers at the TD Garden.


Much like the present, the Celtics were up 3-1 in the series and lost Game 5. However, they rebounded in stellar fashion as they out-rebounded LA 48-29 in Game 6 in what has been widely regarded as the most incredibly physical NBA Finals contest.

Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen each had 26 points. Rajon Rondo had 21, while Paul Pierce, who was named the NBA Finals MVP, had 17 points to show for in their 131-92 win.

Also on the roster was Sam Cassell, who is now set to don another ring — this time as the assistant coach. The win sees the Boston Celtics break a tie with the Lakers - who won their 17th in 2020 - for the most titles in NBA history.

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