Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
It was welcome back to D.C for some old faces that just a month ago were sent to Dallas for Kristaps Porzingis. Unfortunately, for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, the Wizards looked like the team heading for to the playoffs, not the Mavericks.
Tonight, it was all about Porzingis getting back at the team who sent him to D.C, and he did just that with a blazing shooting night by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 35 season high points. Porzingis added 24 points and 9 rebounds.
During the game the message from the Wizards was one of let’s go get these guys.
“We called up the huddle and I told him, ‘KP, since they let you go, we’re going to beat them up for you,’” Caldwell-Pope said. “That was the first thing I said to him, and we did exactly that.”
Luka Doncic had 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Dallas, which fell a half-game behind Golden State for third place in the Western Conference. Jalen Brunson had 21 points for the Mavericks, who fell short of moving 20 games over .500 for the first time since their 2010-11 title season.
Dallas coach Jason Kidd was ejected when he was called for two technical fouls with 8:47 remaining and the Mavericks trailing 105-85.
“Take a couple ass whoopings, then you have all the ammo you need,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “We’ll get back to it.”