Mavericks Crushed by Celtics in NBA Finals Opener: Porzingis Shines in Defeat

Mavericks Crushed by Celtics in NBA Finals Opener: Porzingis Shines in Defeat

In the first game of the NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks suffered a heavy defeat against the Boston Celtics.

The Dallas Mavericks, led by Maxi Kleber, suffered a bitter defeat at the start of the NBA finals series. In the first game of the best-of-seven series, the Texans had no chance against the record basketball champions Boston Celtics, with Kristaps Porzingis having a big impact against his former club.

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The Latvian, who had recently been out due to a strain in his right calf and came off the bench, scored 20 points and also shone on defense.

Porzingis thus thwarted a comeback by the Mavericks after Boston had built up a 29-point lead in the first half. Six Celtics players scored in double figures.

On the other hand, Dallas had problems getting going offensively against the best team in the main round. Superstar Luka Doncic, who has been the face of the club since Dirk Nowitzki retired, managed 30 points and ten rebounds, but Kyrie Irving only managed twelve points on 19 shots from the field. He missed all five of his three-pointers.

The second game will also take place in Boston on Monday night.

Dallas is in the finals for the third time in franchise history, the first since the Nowitzki era. In 2006, the Texans around the Würzburg native were defeated by Miami (2:4) after leading 2:0. In 2011, Finals MVP Nowitzki led his team to their first triumph against the Heat (4:2).

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2024-06-07 10:25:23
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