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Atlanta Hawks 80, Dallas Mavericks 75 or ugly is in the eye of the beholder

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And this is why the Hawks need Joe Johnson. Whether they need him tomorrow, whether they need him as much as he thinks or Woodson thinks, whether they need him in four years, I have no idea. But damn did they need him tonight. Joe "freaking" Johnson took bad shots, he took good shots, and he made shots. He made THE shots. Hats off good sir. Hats off.

"I don't care how it gets done. Just get it done. Play angry. Play annoyed. Just freaking play for 48 minutes." That was the mantra in the preview. Well, it was ugly. It was gross. And it was a damn fine win.