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Kristaps Porzingis suffers broken nose, returns to game, scores 30 in loss to Grizzlies

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Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) looks inside as Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)


It was a rough night for Kristaps Porzingis.

Already having to carry a heavy load for Dallas with Luka Doncic out with a sprained ankle, Wednesday night against Memphis he suffered a broken nose from a stray elbow from Josh Jackson.

Porzingis got his nose fixed, the bleeding stopped, then returned to the game.

Porzingis finished the night with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas, his third straight game of at least 30/10, the longest such streak of his career.

It wasn’t enough. On a night the Grizzlies were making winning moves off the court, they won on it as well with Ja Morant scoring 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Tyus Jones each adding 19 apiece, and Memphis got the win 121-107.