NBA Playoffs: Celtics defeat the Cavaliers, Thunder beat Mavericks in Game 1 matchups

Looking up at an orange basketball falling through the rim and a white nylon net. With the arena lights in the background.

The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 120-95 win in Game 1 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs at TD Garden in Boston.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 32 points and six rebounds, while Derrick White scored 25 with five assists, Payton Pritchard had a 16-point performance off the bench, and Jayson Tatum scored 18 to go along with 11 rebounds. For the Cavs, Donovan Mitchell had a standout performance, finishing with 33 points in Clevelands loss.

Game 2 will take place Saturday night in Boston.


The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-95 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 29 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to help the top-seeded Thunder defeat the Dallas Mavs, while Chet Holmgren added 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder and Macs will meet for Game 2 on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

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