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Dallas Mavericks: 2 studs and 1 dud in win over Nuggets

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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks stud in win over shorthanded Nuggets: 1. Kristaps Porzingis

The Mavs started the game with a KP post-up that he failed to convert, but it felt like the only miss from the Unicorn in the first three quarters. Porzingis continued to find open looks and knock them down against the Nuggets. He had ten points in the first quarter, and 29 after three.

Porzingis failed to score in the fourth quarter as Tim Hardaway Jr. got hot, but he still finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block on Monday night. KP was 11 of 20 from the field, including making five 3-pointers against the Nuggets.

Since returning from a five-game absence with a back injury, the Unicorn has produced 20-plus points in four of the five contests. It was his second straight game with 29-plus. Porzingis has been more active on the defensive end of the floor, and he is playing like the second star the Mavericks need if they plan on making a deep playoff run.

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Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks will look to continue their hot streak on Wednesday night as they travel to Arizona to face the Phoenix Suns for two straight games. The Suns dominated the series versus Dallas last season, and it will be another test for the 2021-2022 Mavericks, so do not miss it.