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Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways from win over Timberwolves

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Timberwolves: 2. KP shines

Kristaps Porzingis had his best game of the season on Monday night against the Timberwolves. He raced out with 15 first-quarter points including nailing a 3-pointer from the logo.

It was the first step in an all-around impressive game from KP. He finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks in 31 minutes of action. Then Unicorn was ten of 19 from the field including connecting on four 3-pointers against the Timberwolves.

Do not look now, but KP is finally starting to hit his stride. He won the Defensive Player of the Game belt for the first time this season to go along with his standout offensive numbers.

The Dallas Mavericks need Porzingis playing at an All-Star level to make a deep playoff run this season. Fans are starting to see that KP again. Over his last five games, the Unicorn averages 22.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game on 47.7 percent shooting from the field and over 41 percent on his 3-pointers.

The Mavericks need him anchoring the defense too. All six blocks came in the first three quarters. Dallas allowed too many easy shots at the rim in the fourth as the Timberwolves got back in the game.

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