Kristaps Porzingis was on a roll, but had to give up early on Wednesday night in Dallas because of the Mavericks' defeat against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Porzingis – who was traded by the Knicks a little over a year ago – went short 4:06 in the third quarter when he contracted a bloody nose after getting an elbow in a rebound from Josh Jackson.
He left the stadium after Memphis broke a 71-point tie and lost 10 points in a row. The run of the grizzlies increased to 21: 3 (92: 74), with a lead of 1:22 in the fourth quarter even to 25.
"It's broken, but it's okay," said Porzingis, who had 32 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas in his third consecutive game with 30 points. "I really didn't have a headache or anything."
The former run's impressive run has come while the other Dallas star, Luka Doncic, has gone out. The Mavericks played their fourth game in a row since Doncic, who was elected all-star starter in the second year, sprained his right ankle in training last Thursday. They are 2-2 in these games and 4-5 this season minus Doncic, including the game against Miami on December 14, in which he lay two minutes with a sprained ankle.
As for Porzingis, the numbers he put up in the last two games were impressive.
The 24-year-old, who had been two years before his ACL was torn apart, started on Wednesday with at least 35 points and 10 rebounds for the first time in his career. The broken nose probably prevented Porzingis from reaching the 10-point mark of 35 in the third game in a row.
On Friday, Porzingis recorded 35 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block in a loss to Houston. On Monday, he had 38 points and 12 rebounds in a win against the Pacers, hitting six 6-of-13 3-hands and all 12 free-throw attempts.
Porzingis had only one game with 35 points and 10 rebounds in his three seasons with the Knicks.
– with AP