Unicorn is shining in Dallas.
With Tuesday’s 112-104 overtime win over the Clippers, Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis has now scored at least 20 points in seven straight games – the longest series of his career.
Tuesday’s victory came after the Mavericks took an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. Paul George forced more time with a last-second 3-pointer.
“You were disappointed for a second because we had to finish them (under control), but I think we’re growing mentally as a team.” Said Porzingis, Who finished with 30 points, including six and seven rebounds in overtime. He made all 10 of his free throws.
“We realized it was still five minutes and we went out there and proved we were a top team,” Porzingis said.
7-foot-3 Latvian and Luka Dancic took charge in the final minutes of his first game with an ankle sprain. Dancic recorded 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Mavericks.
After Tuesday’s win, Porzingis has been able to produce big moments because he is “just feeling free.”
“I say it’s the main thing. Feel free to play my game. My teammates trust me, my coaches trust me. I’m out of the fun … If you’re not having fun, it’s hard to play the game and give it your all,” Porzingis said.
“I feel like this year, we have such an atmosphere and we’re playing hard with each other and having fun there.”
Porzingis’s positive outlook comes after he wanted to leave Dallas before Jason Kidd’s appointment.
Porzingis had a sub-par playoff appearance in which he took the blame for the Mavericks losing to the Clippers in seven games.
The former Nick was the subject of trade rumors in the middle of the summer Report of the crack With Dancic, Porzingis then refused. At the same time, Dancic was unhappy with the Mavericks split with long-time general manager Donnie Nelson in June.
Interview with NBA.com This week, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the team never considered the Porzingis business.
The Mavericks and Clippers face off for the second time in three days.
“With every game, I’m getting more and more comfortable.” Said Porzingis After Dallas fell to the Clippers on Sunday – their third consecutive loss. He put up 25 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
In the final minutes of Sunday’s game, Porzingis was asked how he felt as “the guy who’s going to be in the office.”
“Honestly, I haven’t felt like that in a while. I can remember New York for the last time, ”he said.
The 26-year-old began his career with the Knicks, sending him to the Mavericks before the 2019 blockbuster trade. New York was selected fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Porzingis said he is “still in rhythm” in Dallas, “not thinking too much.”
The Mavericks (10-7) play host to the Wizards (11-7) on Saturday.