Kristaps Porzingis returned, Luka Doncic shone and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets | NBA.com Argentina

Perfect night for Dallas Mavericks Wednesday’s in Charlotte against the Hornets. Smile for him premiere of Kristaps Porzingis in the 2020-2021 season, smile for the great game he played Luka Doncic and smile for the triumph for 104-93 who worked from the first quarter.

The Hornets approached in the closing, but it was only to be able to make up the result a bit: Dallas had a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter and from there he handled the process calmly for his fourth win in a row: the beginning of the 2020-2021 of the Texans had not been ideal, but now they have a 6-4 record that gives them a bit of respite and they can now present their stellar duo on the court, still waiting to recover several players affected by the health and safety protocol.

For Charlotte, it was the opposite: a streak of four consecutive wins ended and they also set off an alarm because Gordon Hayward, his star player, was injured in the fourth quarter with a discomfort in the hip.

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Dallas’ next game will be on Friday as a visitor in Milwaukee, in a great duel that will put Doncic face to face against MVP Giannis AntetokounmpoWhile Charlotte will have a rematch this Thursday when it plays in Tampa, Florida, against the Toronto Raptors.

Porzingis back in action

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Dallas expected a victory, but also I expected to see KP as they saw him. Not because the Latvian played his first game since the 2020 Playoffs with an impressive level: he signed a roster of 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks That is not impressive in your case. But because it was observed firmly, with his usual game, protecting the rim and being constant threat with his 3-pointers in front of the basket: he made 4 on 9 pitches.

The Latvian was an issue with his height for the Hornets, as well as Boban Marjanovic with good income in the first half, with 8 points and 5 rebounds. One in the paint and the other from the outside, but Dallas had input from its two European towers and much more work from the Slovenian magician who plays as a point guard.

“It finally came. I’ve been working a lot, coming back from an injury. It’s always a good feeling once you go out on the court and have those minutes on the court. I’m happy about that, happy about the victory and already looking forward to the next game “Porzingis said after the encounter.

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Doncic on a brilliant level

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Luka Doncic had a great game at the Spectrum Center. For the completeness of his game against the Michael Jordan franchise, remaining at the edge of triple-double with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists, for his personal best in the NBA for blocks with 4, in addition to also contributing defensively with two steals, and for the wonderful third quarter he had in which he scored 16 points with a cataract of 3s to give Dallas rhythm when the team was not having a good time.

Luka had also shone in the first quarter with the team working: opened the game with 11 points and 5 assists in the Mavericks’ 32-16 in those initial twelve minutes. You noticed it a bit annoying throughout the game, more than normal with the referees and also arguing with rivals, but that motivation was used to have a performance that was the great key to the victory of his team.

Doncic became the first player since February 2010 in achieving a game of at least 34 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks and 9 assists: the previous antecedent was from LeBron James in his final year of his first stint at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With several casualties (Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith, all players who are part of the regular rotation), Rick Carlisle he still managed to get to his 800th NBA win. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 points with 3-10 on 3s, Wesley Iwundu and Willie Cauley-Stein were headlines with 4 points each (and 14 rebounds for WCS) and Trey Burke (32 minutes), James Johnson (26) and Josh Green (18) had plenty of action. In the final minute rookie Tyler Bey debuted in the NBA, missing a two-point shot.

Rozier, the leader of a Charlotte that did not work in attack

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Point guard Terry Rozier’s 18 points were the best of the Hornets, that just for the second time in the season they failed to reach 100 points. As on their previous occasion against the Memphis Grizzlies, they were defeated.

After three games of very high effectiveness, with a fluid offense in which Gordon Hayward was establishing himself as an All-Star figure and LaMelo Ball appeared from the bench as not only a candidate for rookie of the year, but even to fight for the award of best sixth man, everything vanished this Wednesday for James Borrego’s. They only scored 16 points in the first quarter, they finished the game with a poor record of 38-100 in field goals, they didn’t add much in the paint and were defeated for the first time since Jan. 4, when they had lost to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rozier was his figure and PJ Washington and Gordon Hayward added another 16 points each. Hayward, little effective in this game (5-15 in field goals), left a worse alarm: he was injured in the last quarter with a hip discomfort and did not return to the game.

Nor the strategy of playing a lot with small formations against the Dallas giants (only 25 minutes for Bismack Biyombo, the only natural pivot of the team) he surrendered to Charlotte and to top it off and Ball (4 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds with 2-8 from the field) ni Miles Bridges (4 points with 2-9 from the field) They were able to revitalize the team from the bench.

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