A pair of joyous events took place Monday night.
First, the Mavericks got their heads back above .500 for the first time in more than a month, which put a smile on everybody’s face.
But it was how they got their 130-124 victory over Orlando that should really push fans’ optimism in overdrive.
Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Dončić paired up for the sort of flashy, efficient stretch that has been hard to come by this season for a variety of reasons. They dominated the second half as the Mavericks improved to 17-16, the first time they can say they’re a winning team since Jan. 22, when they were 8-7.
It was particularly encouraging to see Porzingis come alive. He made his first shot of the game, then missed eight in a row to finish a forgettable first half.
Undeterred, he made his first 3-pointer after halftime, would go on to hit three of four from beyond the arc in the second half and teamed with Dončić for 33 points and 11 rebounds after halftime.
The Mavericks padded their lead to 120-102 with under five minutes to play before a flurry of 3-pointers tightened the score at the end.
Porzingis’ season has had its ups and downs, mostly with health issues causing the downs.
But Monday appeared to be a wonderful sign for the future.
“Whenever we see a guy like KP make shots, that given us energy,” said Jalen Brunson,…