Despite exchanging leads throughout the fourth quarter, Dallas ultimately could not find an answer for Ersan Ilyasova or Dennis Schröder. The Mavericks endured a five-point loss against the Hawks, 112-107, in Atlanta.
Saturday’s loss marked the third-straight game Dallas shot at least 50 percent from the field. Five players amassed double-digit point totals, including J.J. Barea. Barea finished with 15 points and 12 assists in 29 minutes off the bench.
Harrison Barnes led the team in scoring with 22 points while adding four rebounds and three assists in the loss. Dirk Nowitzki notched 18 points, netting 7-of-11 shot attempts including 3-of-5 from three-point range.
The Mavs led 53-48 at halftime courtesy of a three-point play by Barnes before the buzzer. Atlanta utilized a 7-2 run out of the gate in the second half, tying the game at 55, as Schröder proceeded to leave his mark on the game. The 6-foot-1 point guard scored 12 points in the third quarter before following up with 15 in the fourth. Shröder totaled 27 of his 33 points in the final two quarters.
Nowitzki and company battled aggressively to keep Dallas in contention. Both teams continued to find success offensively as the back-and-forth affair arrived at peak intensity in the final quarter.
Barea totaled 10 of his 15 points along with three assists, helping the Mavs regain the lead, 90-85, following a layup with nine minutes remaining. Schröder answered with a three-point basket, cutting the lead to two, before following up with another pull-up jump shot, tying the game at 90.
Barnes and Schröder then exchanged a series of baskets, ultimately delivering a climax moment to the game.
Barnes connected on a short jumpshot only for Schröder to respond with two points on a running floater. The Mavs forward answered with a layup and Schröder upped the ante with a three. Barnes responded with another close two-point basket for the Hawks guard to answer with a layup. Atlanta leads by one at this point, thanks to the three-pointer from Schröder.
Barea connected on a 26-foot three-pointer with two and a half minutes remaining, helping Dallas tie the game following a basket from Ilyasova. Nowitzki would tie the game again at 107 after another basket from Ilyasova who finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds.
After electrifying the home crowd on a three-point basket from Schröder with fewer than 90 seconds remaining, Atlanta maintained a three-point lead, 110-107. Despite a late block from Nowitzki, Dallas was unable to connect on game-tying attempts from both Nowitzki and Wes Matthews.
Dallas drops to 9-25 following the loss. The Mavs are 2-14 in road contests this season. After a holiday break, the team returns to action against Toronto at 6 p.m. on Tuesday from American Airlines Center.
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