NBA scores and schedule for Tuesday: Mavericks need Kristaps Porzingis to step up; Hawks look for reboot


SportsPulse:’s Chris Iseman breaks down some of the recent success enjoyed by the New York Knicks and discusses the realistic chances of them being a playoff contender.


The Dallas Mavericks were all smiles Monday night after defeating the Orlando Magic.

With their eighth win in the last 10 games, the Mavs improved to 17-16 and climbed back over .500 for the first time since Jan. 22. After a sluggish start, the full rotation is healthy and Dallas appears to be turning a corner ahead of the NBA All-Star break.

However, the recent hot streak has not answered all of the Mavs’ questions. Their biggest long-term uncertainty remains Kristaps Porzingis. Can he stay on the floor? And can he be the second option on a championship contender?

The 130-126 win over Orlando on Monday was emblematic of the Mavs’ issues. Luka Doncic was sensational, finishing with 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists on 12-of-22 shooting from the field and 5-of-10 from 3-point range.


Porzingis, though, was inconsistent, and the Mavs struggled to put away an inferior Magic team. Porzingis shot 1-of-9 in the first…

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