Jaylen Brown named NBA Finals MVP over Jayson Tatum


Brown won the award over teammate Jayson Tatum.

Jaylen Brown named NBA Finals MVP over Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown scored 21 points in Game 5.

The trophies keep coming for Celtics guard Jaylen Brown.

Brown was named the NBA Finals MVP following a 21-point, 8-rebound performance in Game 5 on Monday, leading the Celtics to their first title since 2008 and 18th in franchise history.

“Bill Russell would be so happy,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said before he announced Brown’s name. The NBA Finals MVP trophy is named for Russell, the Celtics great who won 11 NBA titles.

Brown was excellent on both ends of the floor in the first two games of the series, scoring 22 points in Game 1 and 21 in Game 2 to go along with key defensive plays in both wins.

He helped locked down the interior with three blocks in the opener and had three steals, then delivered a potentially game-saving block in the final seconds of Game 2.

It’s the second trophy for Brown this postseason, who was also named the Eastern Conference finals MVP.

“It was a full team effort,” Brown told ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters. “I share this with my brothers, and my partner in crime, Jayson Tatum.”

Tatum scored 31 points in Boston’s 106-88 victory on Monday.

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