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Celtics Soar in Game 1, Porziņģis Returns with a Bang

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Celtics Soar in Game 1

The Boston Celtics sent a loud message to the NBA world in Game 1 of the Finals, throttling the Dallas Mavericks 107-89. The dominant win was fueled by a sensational return from Kristaps Porziņģis, who wasted no time making his presence felt after missing ten games with a calf injury.

Porziņģis exploded for eight points early, including a thunderous dunk that sent the TD Garden crowd into a frenzy. His hot hand continued as he drilled a deep three and followed it up with a block, sparking a devastating 23-5 Celtics run. By the end of the first quarter, Boston held a staggering 17-point lead – the largest lead after one period in Finals history.

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The Celtics didn’t let up in the second quarter, extending their lead to a whopping 29 points at one point. Porziņģis continued to be a force, finishing the half with a stellar 18 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting. The Mavericks, meanwhile, struggled to find their rhythm, connecting on only three of their thirteen three-point attempts.

Despite the massive deficit, Dallas refused to go down without a fight. The third quarter saw a valiant comeback attempt, fueled by clutch baskets from Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving. A 20-6 run brought the Mavericks within eight points, momentarily silencing the Boston faithful.

But the Celtics refused to relinquish control. They regrouped, closed the quarter on a 14-2 run, and restored a comfortable 20-point lead heading into the final frame. The momentum remained with Boston, who cruised to a comfortable victory.

Celtics Get Balanced Scoring Effort

Porziņģis capped off his remarkable return with a 20-point, 6-rebound performance in just 21 minutes. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in scoring with 22 points, while Jayson Tatum chipped in with a well-rounded stat line of 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.

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The Mavericks’ star duo of Dončić (30 points, 10 rebounds) and Irving (12 points) struggled offensively, particularly from beyond the arc. Dallas’ overall performance was underwhelming, with a season-low 89 points and a meager nine assists.

The Celtics looked like a well-oiled machine, with seven different players knocking down multiple three-pointers. Their defense was equally impressive, racking up nine blocks and disrupting the Mavericks’ rhythm throughout the game.

While it’s still early days, the Celtics have laid down a serious marker. They appear determined to add another banner to their historic franchise, with Porziņģis emerging as a potential X-factor. The pressure is now on Dallas to respond in Game 2. They’ll need to find a way to counter Boston’s firepower and tighten up on both ends of the court if they want to avoid falling into a deep hole in this series.

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