By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks downed the Dallas Mavericks 100-95 Wednesday night at Philips Arena.
Atlanta had six players go into double-digits in the points department with forward Paul Millsap leading the team with 18. He also recorded a double-double with 10 assists on the evening in 37 minutes played and was two rebounds short of a triple-double.
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes led the team with 25 points and led the team in minutes played with 38. He shot 9-of-19 from the field with 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
“It was a tough game, and there were a lot of things down the stretch,” said Barnes. “But that first half has kind of been the story of our season. We kind of let the game get out away from us, and they got hot.”
The Hawks shot 56.3 percent from field goal range while the Mavericks shot 45.5 percent. Atlanta out-rebounded Dallas by one: 34 to 33. The Mavericks also committed 20 turnovers on the evening, which were two fewer than Atlanta but nonetheless costly to a now 24-36 team four places out from the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Said Barnes: “That’s been a little bit of an issue since the break is the high turnovers. We had 12 turnovers for 16 points (in the first half), letting them get out in transition. It’s easy to play that way. It’s kind of like a pick-up, free-flowing brand of basketball. And because we play a slower game with less possessions, those turnovers are just that much more crucial.”
The Mavericks were at a disadvantage on the evening as forward Wesley Matthews was out with a hip injury. Undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith got the start in Matthews’ place, but he only finished with five points in 24 minutes.
Dallas goes home to play the 36-25 Memphis Grizzlies who are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference.