Hawks survive seesaw 4th quarter against Mavericks

The Atlanta  Hawks are building momentum heading into the final six weeks of the regular season, after knocking off the Dallas Mavericks, 100-95– their second consecutive win to kick off the month of March.

Atlanta, which currently resides in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference standings, pulled this game out thanks to a collective team effort as they had six players score in double-figures. All-Star forward Paul Millsap led the way for the Hawks with 18 points and 10 assists–his 15th double-double of the season. In addition, Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder (17 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block) and center Dwight Howard (14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks) also had productive nights, both finishing with quintuple-singles.

 

 

Despite leading briefly in the first quarter, the Mavericks had trouble keeping up with Atlanta in the first half as they ultimately took a 63-52 deficit into intermission. This trend continued throughout the third quarter as Atlanta’s bench, behind stellar perimeter shooting from recently acquired Ersan Ilyasova, who scored 12 of his 18 points on 3-point shooting. Tim Hardaway, Jr. also chipped in with 10 points off the Hawks bench.

After succumbing to Atlanta for much of the game, Dallas made a run to get back in the game in the final quarter. Mavericks’ forward Harrison Barnes, who came alive with a game-high 25 points, nailed a 3-pointer with 4:05 remaining to put Dallas up 90-87. Moments later, Dallas point guard Seth Curry added another 3-pointer to extend the Mavericks lead to 94-89–it was Curry’s fifth 3 of his 21 point performance.

 

 

Atlanta responded by outscoring Dallas 11-2 in the final three minutes of the game, which included big shots from Hardaway and Ilyasova, before Millsap put the Hawks up for good with a layup that made the score 96-95 with 30 seconds remaining in the contest.

The Hawks (34-25) will look ahead to a Friday showdown with the East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers (41-18) who is coming off a tough loss to the Boston Celtics.

 

 

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