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NBA Finals: Kristaps Porzingis & Celtics Dominate Mavericks in Game 1

The Celtics Won Game 1 of the NBA Finals 107-89 vs the Mavericks

Celtics’ Blowout Win 

The Boston Celtics certainly made a statement in their 107-89 Game 1 win over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Boston took control of the game early and never let go. Kristaps Porzingis played a huge role in the win as he made his triumphant return from a calf injury.

Porzingis’s stats were incredible as he had 20 points, six rebounds, and three blocks in just 21 minutes of play. If he’s going to play like that all series, the Celtics will be holding up the Larry O’Brien trophy in the end.

NBA Finals: Kristaps Porzingis & Celtics Dominate Mavericks in Game 1
Kristaps Porzingis #8 of the Boston Celtics - Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Mavs were never able to make the game close despite Luka Doncic scoring 30 points. Kyrie Irving had a rough outing in his return to Boston and scored just 12 points. There was a lot of talk in NBA news circles about Irving coming back to Boston to face his former team but he’ll need to turn things around if the Mavs hope to make this a series.

What has to make the Celtics feel very good is that they didn’t get a marquee performance from either of their biggest stars. Jayson Tatum had just 16 points while Jaylen Brown added 22. Neither needed to have a big game as it was over pretty early on.

 

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What Does Game 1 Mean for the Series?

The Mavericks are notorious for being slow starters in the playoffs. The team almost never wins Game 1 of a series. The fact that they lost to the Celtics in Game 1 shouldn’t be a surprise. It also means that this series is far from over.

The Celtics have had an easy path to the NBA Finals and they’re definitely the fresher team. They haven’t had to play as many NBA games en route to this series. As people who watch basketball closely know, the series doesn’t truly start until a road team wins a game.

Now, if Boston comes out and dominates Game 2 in a similar fashion, then the Mavericks could be in serious trouble. The team needs to bounce back in Game 2. The Celtics are better on the road than they are at home so Game 2 may be a must-win for Dallas.

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