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Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki praised Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis after Dallas’s victory over New York on Monday night.

By SI Wire
December 07, 2015

Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki praised Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis after Dallas’s victory over New York on Monday night.

“He’s for real,” Nowitzki told reporters after the game. “He’s long, he’s athletic, he can put the ball on the floor. He’s the complete package.”

Porzingis, by virtue of being a tall, European power forward with three-point range, has been frequently compared to Nowitzki. Nowitzki also addressed those comparisons. 

The Mavs won the game 104–97 and Porzingis had 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting, though he also had a season-low two rebounds. Nowitzki had 25 points and six rebounds.

- Dan Gartland

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