NBA Finals: Boston Celtics Dominate Dallas Mavericks In 107-89 Win At TD Garden

Boston Celtics emerged as the winners as they displayed an all-around performance against Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals game one at TD Garden.
A glimpse from the NBA finals

A glimpse from the NBA finals

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Kristaps Porzingis' return to the basketball court proved to be the difference as the Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks 107-89 in game 1 of the NBA finals. Porzingis ended the game with a massive 20 points alongside his brilliant defensive game which held Dallas from hitting the net.
Porzingis proved his point with six rebounds and three blocks while Jaylen Brown added 22 points, the most by a Boston player at TD Garden. Luka Doncic wasn't at his best as the Celtics defence kept him under check. Despite scoring 30 points for the Mavericks the Slovenian could only rack up one assist in the finals, unlike his earlier playoffs performance in which he had recorded at least five assists.
Kyrie Irving too had an off day on a court he was pretty familiar with. He ended up with 12 points alongside making two assists and three rebounds in the proceedings. He was being booed almost throughout the game and the onus will be on the 32-year-old to deliver amid the hostile atmosphere in the next game.
Boston clearly dominated the game and they were heavily reliant on the 3-pointers having amassed a whopping 42 points from them. Dallas lacked in shootings they failed to match Boston's hunger for deep shots in the game.
Irving said, “I thought it was going to be a little louder in here. I’m expecting the same thing (in Game 2). The crowd’s trying to get me out of my element.
“It’s not the first time I’ve lost in Boston. I don’t want to make it a habit.”
Dallas will need more from Irving as the point guard missed all the five three pointers he tried to capitalise in the game. All-star Jayson Tatum influenced the game with his all round display. He amassed 16 points alongside 11 rebounds and five assists.
Tatum said, “Getting back to this point and being here is really a big deal,” Tatum said. “But two years ago we won the first game and we know the outcome of that series. We still have a lot of work to do.”
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