Mavericks obliterate Celtics by historic margin in Game 4 to avoid NBA Finals sweep

Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (9) during the third quarter Friday, during game four of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. (Peter Casey/USA TODAY Sports)

DALLAS — Deficits like the one the Mavericks face in the NBA Finals are never overcome, nor do they interrupt the pride of the team trying to dig itself out of such a deep hole.