Kristaps Porzingis is going for 30, hitting a dagger against the Knicks in the season opener

Wide open Kristaps Porzingis he caught the ball behind the three-point line, lobbed the ball, and let his folded wrist dangle for all of Madison Square Garden to see. It was a blow that effectively ended the ballgame and handed the Knicks a 108-104 season-opening loss at Madison Square Garden.

First a three, then a layup, then a couple of free throws, putting the game out of reach. Porzingis scored nine points in the final two and a half minutes as the Knicks struggled to create a crunch offense.

“If I hit the second three, it would be like (an unbelievable feeling),” Porzingis said with a laugh after the game. “But it was a big hit, an important hit.

“Even when I hit that shot, it was honestly a team effort. Everyone contributed a lot and it will be a tough game. We knew it.”

It was a homecoming of sorts for the Latvian forward, who was drafted fourth overall by the Knicks in the 2015 NBA draft. He scored 15 points in the first quarter alone, then quieted down in the second and third quarters and erupted again in the fourth.

Porzingis lit it up in New York, peppering The Garden with a flurry of threes the Knicks couldn’t contain. He opened his rookie season in green and white with 30 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and five-of-nine from downtown.

None of his plays are more important than the three that gave the Celtics a 104-101 lead with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.

“I’ll look at the film, but I thought we stuffed him (a lot), but it is what it is,” Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game. “He’s going to be a problem because he’s a long-range threat from the basket. It’s not just him: That’s what you’re dealing with (Jayson) Tatum and (Jaylen Brown).”

Rowdy Knicks fans laughed their former teammate into oblivion when officials called him a technical foul for a flop in the fourth quarter.

Those same fans showered Porzingis with abuse after he inadvertently elbowed Knicks big man Isaiah Hartenstein in the mouth while cleaning up after an offensive rebound.

Fans chanted “f–k Porzingis” as the officials reviewed the play. Finally, the DJ in the arena turned up the volume to drown out the noise.

“No, I didn’t hear (what they were singing),” he said deadpan. “The crowd sang that and it was fun for me. I enjoyed all of this and used it as motivation to make some big plays at the end.

“It was actually a really, really fun game — to be in that kind of environment.

But Porzingis had the last laugh. He begins his new chapter in Boston revisit the old chapter in The Garden.

His dominant performance against his old team opens up another question the Knicks will have to answer if they hope to improve on a season where they finished fifth overall and reached the second round of the playoffs.

What will the Knicks do with the five? Veteran big man Al Horford also made his presence felt from downtown with two makes on three attempts.

Thibodeau said before tipoff that his team needs to be sharp in offensive reads of the Celtics to keep their big men in check.

Easier said than done: Porzingis didn’t just dominate from beyond the arc. On one sit, he cut the tailgate wide open to rock the old rim with both hands. Porzingis also shot 9-of-10 from the foul line and finished with four blocks, no more furious than a slapshot, before staring down and swiping toward RJ Barrett after being denied at the rim.

“It feels amazing to come back now as a Celt and play here,” he said. “Even if someone boos you, it’s still cool.” I really like it and I’m enjoying it, but most importantly we won the game and I’m very excited about what lies ahead. And I wish the Knicks and this city the best.”

However, the Knicks somehow managed to keep the game going despite the terrible performances of their two star players.

Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson combined to shoot 11 of 43 from the field Wednesday night for a combined 29 points. Brunson’s one-point play attempt late in the fourth quarter hit the board, and Randle’s problems began with a missed first-quarter layup.

The Knicks survived thanks to impressive efforts from Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes and Josh Hart. The four combined to hit 12 of the Knicks’ 18 3-pointers on the night.

Wednesday’s result was impressive given Randle and Brunson’s ineffective night, but a loss is a loss, no matter how close. Next, the Knicks travel to Atlanta to take on Trae Young’s Hawks before hitting the road against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second game of a back-to-back weekend.

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