Kristaps Porzingis hasn’t felt this ‘free’ since Knicks trade

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Shining unicorn in Dallas.

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With Tuesday’s 112-104 overtime win against the Clippers, Mavericks biggie Kristaps Porzingis has now scored at least 20 points in seven straight games – the longest streak of his career.

After Tuesday’s win, the Mavericks took an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. Paul George forced overtime with a last-second 3-pointer.


“For a second you’re disappointed because we should have eliminated them (in regulation), but I think we’re growing mentally as a team,” Porzingis said, who finished with 30 points, including six overtime and seven rebounds. He also made all his 10 free throws.

“We realized it was five more minutes and we went there and proved that we are the better team,” Porzingis said.

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The 7-foot-3 Latvian and Luka Doncic, in his first game with an ankle sprain, took over in the final minutes. Doncic recorded 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Mavericks.

Mark Cuban congratulates Kristaps Porzingis during the Mavericks’ victory over the Clippers.
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After Tuesday’s win, Porzingis said he is able to produce in the big moments because he “just felt free.”

“I would say that’s the main thing, just feeling free to play my game. My teammates are counting on me, my coaches are counting on me. I’m just having fun out there… if You’re not having fun, so it’s hard to play and give your all,” Porzingis said.

“I think this year, we have that kind of atmosphere and we’re just working hard for each other and having fun out there.”

Porzingis’ positive outlook comes as he reportedly wanted to move out of Dallas ahead of Jason Kidd’s appointment.

Porzingis had a similar performance in the playoffs in which he bore the brunt of the blame for the Mavericks’ loss to the Clippers in seven games.

The former Nike was also the subject of business rumors during the summer. crack report With Doncic, which Porzingis later denied. That’s about the same time that Doncic was unhappy with the Mavericks’ split with longtime general manager Donny Nelson in June.

in an interview with This week, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the team never considered trading Porzingis.

The Mavericks and Clippers face off for the second time in three days.

“With each game, I’m feeling more and more comfortable,” Porzingis said After Dallas’ loss to the Clippers on Sunday – their third consecutive loss. He scored 25 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.

Kristaps Porzingis attacks Reggie Jackson
Kristaps Porzingis attacks Reggie Jackson

Porzingis was asked how “the guy who was about to go to the office” felt in the final minutes of Sunday’s game.

“To be honest, I haven’t felt like this in a while. The last time I could probably remember was New York,” he said.

The 26-year-old began his career with the Knicks before the 2019 blockbuster trade, which sent him to the Mavericks. New York selected him fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Porzingis said he is “still getting into a rhythm” to Dallas “playing random”.

The Mavericks (10–7) host the Wizards (11–7) on Saturday.


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