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Kristaps Porzingis’ late heroics sink Knicks in crushing opening-night loss

An old enemy in new digs punished the Knicks on opening night.

Kristaps Porzingis went from booed during introductions to being cursed in a chant to taking over down the stretch of Boston’s 108-104 comeback victory Wednesday night.

The Latvian dropped 30 points against his former team, including nine in the final 2 1/2 minutes as the Knicks’ offense went ice cold.

Porzingis added four blocks and expertly guarded the paint against the Knicks, who managed just three total points after holding a 101-95 advantage with 3:39 minutes remaining.

With two minutes left, Porzingis was given a technical for elbowing Isaiah Hartenstein under the basket.

It prompted the MSG crowd, still bitter over the 7-3 center demanding a trade in 2019, to break out a “F–k Porzingis” chant.

The former Knicks All-Star responded with two clutch free throws and a 3-pointer on the following possession.

Kristaps Porzingis, blocking RJ Barrett's shot in the third quarter, scored 30 points to lead the Celtics to a 108-104 opening-night win over the Knicks.
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The sequence swung the momentum for good.

It was an ugly night for Julius Randle, in particular, who has stated season goal of becoming more efficient.

In Game 1, the power forward missed 17 of his 22 shots, including a few gimmes under the basket.

Randle had just 14 points in 32 minutes in his first game since undergoing minor ankle surgery in the offseason.

RJ Barrett holds back Celtics guard Jaylen Brown who was exchanging words with Isaiah Hartenstein during the Knicks' loss.
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Jalen Brunson wasn’t much better while shooting 6-for-21 with 15 points and six assists.

The Knicks were led by Immanuel Quickley, who, two nights after failing to agree to a contract extension, dropped 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting.