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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

Kristaps Porzingis scored 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field to help Dallas win its fourth straight.

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.