Rapid Reaction: Hawks 88, Mavs 87

November, 29, 2013
11/29/13
9:04
PM CT

The Dallas Mavericks fell 88-87 to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night to split the season series.

How it happened: The Mavericks offense was an absolute mess in the fourth quarter.

The Mavs blew a 13-point lead to the Hawks in the final frame, when Dallas missed on 16 of 19 field goal attempts and scored only 12 points.

The Hawks finished the game on a 21-7 run, capped by center Al Horford hitting the game-winning, 20-foot jumper with 4.2 seconds remaining. Mavs sixth man Vince Carter missed a contested 22-footer at the buzzer.

Mavs point guard Jose Calderon, who scored 16 points to help the Mavs build a 17-point lead, sat out the entire fourth quarter due to a sprained right ankle. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki matched Calderon with a team-high 16 points, but Nowitzki was only 1-of-5 from the floor in the fourth quarter, including a missed midrange jumper just before Horford’s go-ahead shot.

Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague scored a team-high 25 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter. Horford added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Mavs wasted a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double by Shawn Marion and a nine-point, season-high 18-rebound performance by DeJuan Blair off the bench.

What it means: The Mavs have lost three of four entering Saturday night’s home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, including a couple of road losses that came down to the last possession. Dallas suffered just its second loss in seven games against Eastern Conference foes. The Mavs are 10-7 overall.

Play of the game: A frazzled possession ended with Horford knocking down the go-ahead 20-footer with 4.2 seconds remaining. After a deflection, Horford ended up with the ball a few feet above the left elbow, facing up against Blair. The 6-foot-10 Horford easily shot over the 6-foot-7 Blair, who defended as if he was concerned that Horford would drive by him.

Stat of the night: For the second straight game, Monta Ellis did not attempt a free throw. It marks the first time since March 2007 that Ellis didn’t get to the free throw line in consecutive games.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.5 4.6 1.5 33.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.6
AssistsM. Ellis 4.6
StealsM. Ellis 1.5
BlocksB. Wright 1.5