A new era of Atlanta Hawks basketball began on Saturday night in Dallas. The Kyle Korver-less Hawks took on the Dallas Mavericks in a battle of two teams constantly in the middle of trade rumors. After a mostly pac-and-forth affair, the Hawks made it six wins in a row as they outran the Mavericks in the fourth quarter 97-82.
Much like the North Texas weather, were icy cold from the field. The Hawks had trouble with Harrison Barnes and Devin Harris in the first half, but managed to keep it close during a strong Mavs run. When the starters were inserted back into the lineup near the end of the 2nd quarter, the Hawks gathered some steam and went into halftime with a solid lead.
At one point in the 2nd quarter, two straight Mavs possessions ended in Deron Williams backing down Dennis Schroder in the post. Dennis the Menace flopped both times, resulting in an embarrassing, laughing-at-himself no call, and then a charge on the second. Dennis must be preparing for the Golden Globes this weekend.
The Hawks exploded offensively in the fourth period as they relied on their leader, Paul Millsap. He attacked the Mavs relentlessly and scored ten points in the frame, six of them coming from the foul line.
Hack-a-Dwight returned halfway through the 4th quarter as Rick Carlisle searched for answers. However, Dwight was the victor from the line in this ball game. In total, he shot seven of nine from the charity stripe and four of six during the Hack-a-Dwight period. After failing to make up any serious ground, the Mavs essentially conceded the game by inserting in their reserves with about three minutes remaining, which led us to the 97-82 final score.