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Eastern Conference Recap: Kristaps Porzingis And Jayson Tatum Lead Boston Celtics To Victory Over New York Knicks

Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis combine for 64 points in Boston Celtics' win against the New York Knicks.


Kristaps Porzingis' Boston Celtics debut against the New York Knicks should give fans optimism for the season. The star center had 30 points, four blocks and eight rebounds, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter against his former team. Jayson Tatum had 34 points and 11 rebounds, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. In the midst of lackluster backcourt production, Tatum and Porzingis came through in the victory.

- The Indiana Pacers crushed the Washington Wizards behind performances from Bruce Brown and Tyrese Haliburton. Their 143 points was the most by a team in a season debut since 1990. This game displayed the grim image of Washington after departing from Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis.

- The Charlotte Hornets held on against Atlanta Hawks with solid games from Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington. Hawks guards Trae Young and Dejounte Murray collectively struggled, going a combined 7 for 33 from the field and 1 of 12 from 3-point range.

- Donovan Mitchell and Max Strus' 27-point performances lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Brooklyn Nets. Strus displayed his sharpshooting with a 7 for 13 display from the arc, while collecting a career-high 12 rebounds. Cam Thomas continued to impress in the second unit, scoring 36 points to keep Brooklyn competitive.

- The Orlando Magic's balanced scoring from Cole Anthony, Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero helped orchestrate their blowout victory against the Houston Rockets.

- Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, six rebounds, two steals and three blocks to elevate the team over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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