Celtics defeat Mavericks 2024 NBA finals
Kristaps Porzingis

Celtics Set NBA Finals Record, Defeat Mavericks in Game 1

With a 107 - 89 score, Boston Celtics beat Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of 2024 NBA finals, and set new record

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The Boston Celtics made a clear statement in Game 1 of the 2024 NBA Finals, blitzing the Dallas Mavericks with a historic display with a 107-89 victory, and setting a record with seven different players making multiple 3-pointers. The Game 1 win is a new record as its their 8th consecutive playoff win for the Boston Celtics.

Leading the onslaught was Jaylen Brown, who poured in 22 points to lead all scorers. But it was a true team effort for Celtics, with five other players also scoring in double figures. The returning Kristaps Porzingis had a huge game off the bench, tallying 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 21 minutes against his former team.

The Celtics’ first-half lead of 29 points was fueled by sharp shooting and relentless defense. Despite Luka Doncic’s 30-point effort for the Mavericks, Boston maintained control throughout the game.

Kyrie Irving struggled with just 12 points on 6-of-19 shooting, but Jayson Tatum’s 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, along with contributions from Derrick White and Al Horford, ensured the Celtics’ dominance.

Boston’s three-point shooting was a key factor, with seven players connecting from beyond the arc. Kristaps Porzingis went 3-for-5, highlighting the team’s offensive prowess. The Celtics finished 16-of-42 (38.1%) from long range.

As the series shifts to Game 2 in Boston, the Celtics aim to extend their eight-game winning streak. While Dallas isn’t in a must-win situation, they’ll need answers to counter Boston’s formidable attack and avoid falling into an 0-2 hole.

7 out of 10 times, teams that win Game 1 of the NBA Finals have historically gone on to take the championship. However, that percentage increases to a staggering 78 percent when the home team emerges victorious in Game 1.

After the intense battle of the opening game, the rivals meet again for Game 2 on Sunday by 8 p.m. ET at TD Garden in Boston Sunday night. The pivotal second match is scheduled to tip off shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern Time at the iconic TD Garden in Boston.

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