12/12 22:20 CST Mavs extend home streak, end skid vs. Hawks in 114-107 win
Mavs extend home streak, end skid vs. Hawks in 114-107 win
By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) --- Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Luka Doncic added 24 and the
Dallas Mavericks extended their home winning streak to 11 games while ending a
10-game skid against Atlanta in a 114-107 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday
J.J. Barea had 18 points before leaving with a sprained left ankle as the
Mavericks finally beat the Hawks after blowing a 26-point lead in October, when
rookie Trae Young had a strong fourth quarter in his home debut to help the
Hawks rally to a 111-104 win.
Instead of wilting in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks took control with a 7-0
opening run for a 10-point lead and eventually went up by as many as 15 before
the Hawks made it closer with an 11-1 run late.
It was Dallas' first win over Atlanta since Oct. 30, 2013, and the home winning
streak is the longest since a 12-game run in 2007-08.
Young had 24 points and 10 assists, but the rematch reiterated the opposite
directions both teams are headed after ending the first meeting at 2-2. The
Mavericks are 13-9 since then and among the current playoff teams in the rough
Western Conference. The Hawks have gone 4-19.
Kent Bazemore scored 22 for Atlanta, and John Collins had 20 points and a
career-high 17 rebounds.
Role players got the fourth moving for Dallas rather than Barnes and the rookie
sensation Doncic, who was drafted third overall by Atlanta and traded to Dallas
while the Mavericks selected Young fifth for the Hawks.
Maxi Kleber opened the fourth with a dunk and scored all seven of his points in
the final quarter, and Dorian Finney-Smith's free throw gave Dallas its first
10-point lead. Finney-Smith scored 11.
Doncic had 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 11
points and 11 rebounds.
NO DIRK YET
Dirk Nowitzki was inactive after being listed as questionable for the first
time as the longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery delays him
from officially becoming the first NBA player with 21 seasons for one
franchise. Coach Rick Carlisle said the designation meant the 40-year-old
Nowitzki was getting closer to returning, but didn't want to discuss his status
further before the game.
Hawks: Vince Carter, Nowitzki's former teammate also in his 21st season, got a
nice ovation when he entered the game in the first quarter. The 41-year-old
scored his only points on a 3 in the first quarter. ... Collins had nine
offensive rebounds, most by a Dallas opponent this season.
Mavericks: Carlisle was ejected after two quick technicals in the third quarter
when he thought Barnes got fouled without a call. Assistant Stephen Silas took
over. ... PG Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fourth straight game with a sprained
right wrist. ... Doncic was 12 of 15 from the line as Dallas attempted a
season-high 43 free throws.
Hawks: At Boston on Friday.
Mavericks: At Phoenix on Thursday.
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