Kristaps Porzingis shines for Celtics in blowout win over Mavericks in Recreation 1

Kristaps Porzingis was actually joyful to be again on the court docket and his play helped elevate the Boston Celtics to a Recreation 1 win over the Dallas Mavericks within the NBA Finals, 107-89.

Porzingis hadn’t stepped onto the basketball court docket he was injured within the staff’s collection in opposition to the Miami Warmth. He helped Boston leap out to a 22-point lead and get again right into a rhythm within the third quarter when the Mavericks minimize their deficit to eight factors.

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Boston Celtics heart Kristaps Porzingis (8) celebrates a 3-pointer, close to Dallas Mavericks heart Daniel Gafford (21) in the course of the first half of Recreation 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston.  (AP Picture/Charles Krupa)

After beginning the sport on the bench, he completed with 20 factors and added six rebounds and three blocks to his whole. He was 8-of-13 from the sphere in 21 minutes of motion.

Porzingis, who was as soon as a member of the Mavericks, wasn’t positive he was going to be 100% going into Recreation 1 after being out with a strained proper calf, however confirmed off his versatility and was in a position so as to add the additional X-factor to the Celtics’ offense.

He additionally had an electrical block on Mavericks guard Josh Inexperienced.

Jaylen Brown, who helped lock down the Mavericks within the third quarter, completed with a team-high 22 factors. He had six rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists within the win.

Jaylen Brown drives to the hoop

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, proper, drives towards the basket as Dallas Mavericks ahead P.J. Washington defends in the course of the first half of Recreation 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston.  (AP Picture/Charles Krupa)

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Jayson Tatum performed his half with 19 factors and 11 rebounds.

The Mavericks did not see their 3-pointers fall as Boston’s protection was stifling Dallas for a lot of the evening. The staff solely had 9 whole assists on 35 made photographs.

Luka Doncic led the way in which with 30 factors and 10 rebounds. Kyrie Irving added 12 factors, three rebounds and three assists.

The Mavericks had a five-game highway playoff profitable streak snapped.

Luka Doncic drives

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, drives with the ball as Boston Celtics heart Al Horford, left, and ahead Jayson Tatum, proper, defend in the course of the first half of Recreation 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Boston.  (AP Picture/Charles Krupa)

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