In 29 minutes and 19 seconds spent on the field, Porzingis made three of six long-range shots, four of seven two-point shots and all four free throws. He also had three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two sacks against the team he represented earlier in his career.
Derrick White was the top scorer for the Celtics with 30 points, while Jason Tatum added 25 points. RJ Barrett and Jalen Branson scored 23 points for the “Knicks” team.
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Porzingis had not played since November 24, when he injured the calf muscle of his left leg in a game with the Orlando Magic. Without Porzingis, the team played four matches, winning three.
After his return to the game, Porzingis told reporters that he felt very good and was happy to get back on the court, thanking the team’s medical staff for that.
“Celtics” head coach Joe Mazula praised both Porzingis and the entire team after the match, which is able to forge victories in different ways of the game.
With 16 wins in 21 games, the Celtics are in first place in the Eastern Conference. The Boston club has not lost a single home game in the season, winning 10 games.
On the other hand, Dāvis Bertāns was on the court for 12 seconds in the NBA game on Friday, in which the Oklahoma City “Thunder” he represented defeated the Golden State “Warriors” basketball players at home with the result 138:136.
Bertans did not stand out with productive actions on the field.
Shay Gilges-Alexander led the Thunder with 38 points, while Jalen Williams added 28 points. Stephen Curry scored 34 points in the “Warriors” team.
With 14 wins in 21 games, “Thunder” ranks second in the Western Conference.