Celtics defeat Mavericks and take the lead for the title

Celtics defeat Mavericks and take the lead for the title
Celtics defeat Mavericks and take the lead for the title

The Boston Celtics They struck the first blow in the NBA Finalsafter beating him 107-89 to the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of the decisive series of the best basketball league in the world.

The Eastern champions had a stellar duo made up of Kristaps Porzingis and Jaylen Brown.

Especially notable was the performance of Porzingis, who returned after more than a month out due to injury and who shone with 20 points (18 of them in a wonderful first half).

After walking through an East without rivals at their level, there was some doubt about how the Celtics would get to the Finals. But, when push came to shove, Boston reminded the forgetful why they have been the best team in the league this season.

Those in green won by 29 points in a majestic first half, and they also knew how to put out a fire in the third quarter when the Mavericks got within just 8.

Porzingis and Brown (22 points) led a much superior Celtics team in which Jayson Tatum He got 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Dominican Al Horford He contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Boston was 16 of 42 on three-pointers (38.1%) and its defense, which had 9 blocks, left Dallas at a dismal 7 of 27 from outside (25.9%) and only 9 assists among the entire team (per 23 Boston).

Luka Doncic He was the best of the Mavericks with 30 points and 10 rebounds, but he only distributed one assist. Kyrie Irvingmuch booed after his controversial time with the Celtics (2017-2019), lived a nightmare night with 12 points and a poor 6 of 19 shooting.

Boston has not won the title since 2008 and is seeking its 18th ring in these Finals, which would allow it to break the tie with its eternal rivals: the Los Angeles Lakers (17).

The second game of the Finals will be played this Sunday, June 9, also at the TD Garden in Boston.

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