June 15th, 2024

Brown has 22, Porzingis returns with 20 as Celtics open NBA Finals with 107-89 win over Mavericks

By Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press on June 6, 2024.

BOSTON – Jaylen Brown scored 22 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 20 in his first game in more than a month and the Boston Celtics powered past the Dallas Mavericks 107-89 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Derrick White finished with 15 points for Boston, which led by 29 points in the first half and connected on 16 3-pointers in a powerful start to its quest for an 18th NBA title.

Porzingis, who had been sidelined since April 29 with a strained right calf, came off the bench and provided an immediate spark, adding six rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes.

Six Celtics finished in double figures.

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