Things got very interesting at the end but the Atlanta Hawks hung on for a 105-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks and sweep their three-game road trip.
The Hawks jumped out to a great start and led 25-18 at the end of one. Dennis Schröder scored 10 of his career-best 22 points in the first quarter as Atlanta used a stifling defense to keep the high scoring Mavericks in check. The Hawks blowed the game wide open in the third quarter and extended the lead to as many as 24 points before Dallas began to chip away.
Chip away they did as their the Mavericks' second unit increased the intensity and started to disrupt Atlanta's offense. Once the Dallas starters returned, the lead was down to 15 and the Hawks would have to scrap the rest of the way to hold on. It certainly wasn't pretty but Atlanta made enough plays to keep them at arms length. A Schröder jump shot with 1:28 remaining put the Hawks up 98-88. Schröder converted a pair of free throws 20 seconds later to increase the lead to 12.
Then things got interesting again as Dallas started to bomb away from three-point range while the Hawks seemed intent on coughing up the basketball. A pair of Atlanta turnovers and two Charlie Villanueva three-pointers reduced Atlanta's lead to just five points. Monta Ellis missed a three that would have cut the lead to just two. Al Horford and Kyle Korver closed the game out from the free throw line and the Hawks escaped with their fourth straight win.
Korver added 18 points for the Hawks while Al Horford finished with 17 and seven rebounds. DeMarre Carroll added 15 while Paul Millsap logged a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Ellis led the Mavericks with 18 points while Dirk Nowitzki finished with 16. Tyson Chandler grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds in the loss.
The Hawks are right back at it on Tuesday as they return home to face the Los Angeles Clippers at Philips Arena.