The Atlanta Hawks hosted the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night, looking for their second consecutive win out of the All-Star break. Dallas also won in their post-All-Star debut last night, but were without stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis for the contest this evening.
Atlanta was missing De’Andre Hunter (personal), along with Clint Capela and Skal Labissiere, who are both working their way back from injuries sustained before they were traded to the Hawks. Cam Reddish started in Hunter’s place alongside Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon.
Dallas got out to a 13-5 head start behind eight early points from Tim Hardaway Jr. Collins was rolling early for Atlanta, scoring seven of the team’s first 15.
The Mavericks held a 26-17 lead with 4:03 remaining in the first, with Seth Curry getting in on the scoring as well, tallying 11 points in the opening seven minutes. Dallas held a 35-21 lead after one, capitalizing on what was largely a flat Atlanta attack early. Hardaway Jr. and Curry both had 11 points in the first.
The Hawks struggled to make up ground early in the second, trailing 49-35 with 8:15 left in the second.
Collins continued to knife through the Mavs’ defense in the first half, racking up 21 points in his first 13 minutes of action.
The Hawks began to climb back into the game late in the second, with Reddish getting going offensively as well. He had 16 points at the break.
Cam Reddish is up to 16 first-half points.— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) February 23, 2020
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Atlanta closed the gap to as little as four coming out of the break on a 6-2 mini-run. Dallas responded with a 4-0 jolt to put the margin back to eight.
The Hawks hung around for the first part of the third, with a Young floater keeping them within five before a 9-3 Dallas run put the Mavs back up 11 with under two remaining in the quarter.
Dallas led 86-77 heading to the fourth.
Atlanta started the fourth on a tear, using an 11-2 run to pull within four at the 7:39 mark.
Collins continued to eat down the stretch:
Young tied the score at 92 with 6:30 left, but Curry answered quickly with a three to put the Mavs back in front 95-92. A Dedmon put-back put the Hawks ahead 96-95 with 5:24 remaining, which triggered a timeout from Dallas. Atlanta used a 19-5 run to take the lead.
And your Hawks take the lead! pic.twitter.com/Xp4NM3InwT— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 23, 2020
Hardaway hit a three out of the timeout to give Dallas a 98-96 lead. The Mavericks extended the lead to 100-96 before Young hit a three to make it 100-99. Young tied the score with another three inside the 3:00 mark.
Hardaway got to the line and split a pair of free throws to give Dallas the lead, then got to the line again after a Mavs offensive rebound. Hardaway split the free throws again, giving the Mavs a 104-102 lead with 2:11 remaining.
Young then hit a deep three, and got fouled, but missed the four-point play attempt. Hawks lead 105-104 under the 2:00 mark.
Collins got to the line on the ensuing Hawks possession and made it 107-104 with 1:13 to play. Hardaway walked into a bank three over Dedmon to tie it at 107 out of the timeout.
Young scored again to put the Hawks back in front 109-107 with under a minute to go. Collins put back a Young miss to put the Hawks up four with 8.4 to go, with some confusing officiating overturning a goaltending call on the Young layup. The ball bounced right to Collins in real-time and he laid it in, which the referees counted after ruling that Young’s layup was not goaltended. Atlanta held on to take home the win, 111-107.
Collins finished with a joint-career-high 35 points and 17 rebounds, with Reddish adding 20 points, six rebounds and three steals. Young, who was quiet for much of the night, finished with a solid 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
Hardaway led the way for Dallas with 33 points, five assists and four rebounds. Curry added 22 points, five assists and five rebounds in the loss.
The Hawks will be back in action on Monday in Philadelphia.