Late Fireworks Push Dallas Mavs Past Atlanta Hawks

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Atlanta Hawks (118-117) at home Wednesday night in an all-star affair that lasted four seconds. The win only marks Mavs’ second win (2-12) if he’s more than 10 points behind this season. It’s the third win in a row for Mavs.

At the national level, however, it was about what Dallas would do before the game started.

As expected, the national anthem was played for the first time this season at the American Airlines Center before a Mavs game tonight. (More on what owner Mark Cuban has to say about the anthem here.) It’s the second game the Mavs have participated in a handful of fans – all of the key workers (medical professionals, police officers, food workers, firefighters) who have been vaccinated with COVID-19 .)

Also expected, two all-star duels … that lived up to the hype. Dallas star Luka Doncic entertained himself with steps backwards, turns, cuts, no-look passes and how-did-he-do it? Bucket. Doncic finished the race with a triple-double, 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (league-leading seventh of the season).

Hawks star Trae Young has nailed three (eeee) and is thrilled with the assists between the legs. Young scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists. Mavs slayer John Collins continued his agony in Dallas and ended with 33 points. Last week against the Mavs, Collins hit a career high of 35 points.

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The game was close during the first quarter, with the Mavs taking a 33-32 advantage from a 50 percent hot shot from the field. The Mavs then went cold from beyond the arc, missing 13 of 15 before the end of half and falling to a 10 point half-time deficit.

Dallas shot 27 percent from a distance for the first three quarters and stayed behind for most of the game.

Then Tim Hardaway Jr. exploded on a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter and close the Hawks’ lead at 90-88. From the bench, Hardaway Jr. kept the Mavs in play, scoring 13 points in the final quarter and setting off the Mavs three-point shooting.

Jalen Brunson also cooked in the clutch and became the Mavs’ second best goalscorer behind Doncic with 21 points. Atlanta last had the ball in play with 4.7 seconds, but Clint Capella missed the final shot.

Next, the Mavs continue their home streak while the New Orleans Pelicans fly into town at 6:30 p.m. CT for a Friday night matchup.

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