Zaza Pachulia makes successful appearance: The Mavs were once again aided by the contributions of offseason pickup of Zaza Pachulia, who finished with a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in 32 minutes as the starting center.

Pachulia has proven to be a big acquisition for Dallas after the Mavs famously lost out on DeAndre Jordan this summer, and all they had to give up was a future second-round pick.

Dirk Nowitzki, for one, is pretty happy with Zaza—as he jokingly pointed out after the game on Sunday. From the Associated Press recap of last night’s game, via ESPN:

Zaza Pachulia continues to prove he wasn’t a bad consolation prize in the wake of last summer’s DeAndre Jordan saga. Acquired from Milwaukee for a future second-round pick, Pachulia had 13 points and 11 rebounds Sunday for his 19th double-double of the season. “We got him for a Gatorade cooler and he’s been phenomenal for us,” Nowitzki said.