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Porzingis scored 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting in the Mavs’ 104-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday. Porzingis was limited to 21 minutes in his return after missing the first four weeks of the season while recovering from October surgery to address a lateral meniscus injury in his right knee.
“I was doing as much as I could in the minutes that I had, and sometimes you don’t make the best decisions when you really want to be aggressive,” said Porzingis, who also had four rebounds and two blocks. “But it’s OK, it’s a part of it. I wanted to be out there, be aggressive for the time that I was going to be out there.
“Most importantly, first game and first win for me. Looking forward to the next one and just getting into a rhythm where everything comes easy and we find that chemistry out there. That’s it, and then we’ll take off.”
The 7-foot-3 Porzingis, who averaged 20.4 points and 9.5 rebounds last season, played power forward in part because the Dallas rotation is drastically