Kristaps Porzingis shoves Moe Harkless on brutal night

Kristaps Porzingis shoves Moe Harkless on brutal night

This wasn’t Kristaps Porzingis’ night.

Porzingis shot 3-for-14 from the floor and got into a shoving match with Kings forward Moe Harkless in the Mavericks’ 121-107 loss on Sunday.

With Sacramento leading Dallas 71-54 in the the third quarter, Harkless and Porzingis exchanged words before going nose to nose. Porzingis then pushed a smiling Harkless. Both players were assessed technical fouls.

It was an ugly loss for the Mavericks, who are fighting to get out of the play-in portion of the postseason. Dallas sits as the seventh seed — two games behind the Blazers — with the top six teams in each conference guaranteed a playoff berth. The Kings had lost nine games in a row before Sunday night’s surprising rout.

Like Porzingis, Harkless spent time with the Knicks. He was acquired at last season’s trade deadline from the Clippers as part of the Marcus Morris deal.