Kristaps Porzingis scores 16 in season debut for Mavs
The Mavericks' big man impacts game at both ends, helping Dallas win its fourth straight
Steve Reed | The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 16 points in his return from a knee injury and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-93 on Wednesday night.
Porzingis played for the first time since having knee surgery in October.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian impacted the game at both ends with his size, easily able to shoot over smaller defenders while altering shots in the paint against the smaller Hornets. Charlotte attempted to counter at times with a small ball lineup, but struggled all night with Dallas’ height and length.
Porzingis played 21 minutes, finishing 6-for-16 from the floor and 4-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. He had four rebounds.