The unicorn is shining in Dallas.
With Tuesday’s 112-104 overtime win against the Clippers, Maverick’s great Kristaps Porzingis has now scored at least 20 points in seven straight games – making it the longest series in his career.
Tuesday’s win came after the Mavericks blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. Paul George forced overtime with a three-pointer at the last second.
“For a second you are disappointed because we should have ended them (in the regulation), but I think we are growing mentally as a team,” in Porzingis, who finished with 30 points, including six in overtime, and seven rebounds. He also made all of his 10 free throws.
“We realized it was another five minutes and we went out and proved that we are the superior team,” said Porzingis.
The 7-foot-3 light and Luka Doncic, in his first match back from an ankle sprain, took over in the final minutes. Doncic scored 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Mavericks.
After Tuesday’s win, Porzingis said he can produce in big moments because he “just feels free.”
“I would say it’s the main thing, to just feel free to play my game. My teammates trust me, my coaches trust me. I’m just out there having fun … If you’re not having fun it’s hard to play and give everything, says Porzingis.
“I feel like this year we have that kind of environment and we just play hard for each other and have fun out there.”
Porzingi’s positive outlook comes after he reportedly wanted to leave Dallas earlier Jason Kidd is hiring.
Porzingis had a playoff performance below par where he took on most of the blame for the Mavericks losing to the Clippers in seven games.
The former Knick was also the subject of trade reputation over the summer in the middle of one report of a crack with Doncic, who Porzingis later denied. It was about the same time Doncic was unhappy with Maverick’s arbitration from longtime general manager, Donnie Nelson, in June.
In an interview with NBA.com this week, Maverick owner Mark Cuban said the team never considered trading Porzingis.
The Mavericks and Clippers faced each other for the second time in three days.
“For every match, I feel more and more comfortable,” in Porzingis after Dallas fell to the Clippers on Sunday – their third straight loss. He scored 25 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.
Porzingis was asked how it felt to be “the guy the office would go through” in the final minutes of Sunday’s match.
“Honestly, I have not felt this way for a while. The last I could remember was New York, he said.
The 26-year-old began his career with the Knicks, before a big seller in 2019 who sent him to the Mavericks. New York selected him as the fourth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Porzingis said he “still comes in a rhythm” for “playing without thinking” so much in Dallas.
The Mavericks (10-7) will host the Wizards (11-7) on Saturday.