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Jun 12, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Xavier Tillman (26) during the second quarter in game three of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Amazing Way for Spartan Nation to Celebrate Xavier Tillman's NBA Title

Michigan State's Xavier Tillman Sr. and the Boston Celtics won the 2024 NBA championship with their Game 5 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

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Jun 12, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Xavier Tillman (26) during the second quarter in game three of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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Amazing Way for Spartan Nation to Celebrate Xavier Tillman's NBA Title

Michigan State's Xavier Tillman Sr. and the Boston Celtics won the 2024 NBA championship with their Game 5 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

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Former Michigan State star forward Xavier Tillman Sr. is now among some Spartan legends to have won an NBA championship.

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Michigan State's Xavier Tillman Sr. Wins NBA Championship

Former Michigan State men's basketball forward Xavier Tillman Sr. is now an NBA champion.

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Jun 12, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots against Boston Celtics forward Xavier Tillman (26) during the second quarter in game three of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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March 23, 2024, Charlotte, NC, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo reacts against the North Carolina Tar Heels  in the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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