11 consecutive home victories; that sounds pretty tasty. Well, the Mavericks won no. 11 in-a-row tonight against the Atlanta Hawks 114-107. After blowing a 26-point lead in Atlanta earlier in the season, you knew Dallas would come out eager to get revenge, which is what they did but not without a fight from the Hawks down to the final minute.
Doncic vs Young II
It’s inevitable that these two rookies will be tied together to some degree throughout their careers aftee being swapped for each other on draft night. Trae Young and the Hawks won the first match up but Luka and the Mavs had the advantage tonight.
Luka finished the game with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists while also making 12/15 free throws. Trae Young had 24 point and 10 assists on 11/20 shooting. “He’s so big and he has such a good feel for angles. Getting guys on his hip and knowing when he can drive and draw help,” Assistant coach Stephen Silas said of Luka’s 15 free throw attempts.
In the third quarter, Luka had himself a nice helpside block on Young which surely got Doncic and the crowd going. Though tonight finished up the season series, these two will continue going toe-to-toe for years to come.
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— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 13, 2018
Still no Dirk
After being listed as questionable for tonight’s game, Dirk was not active against the Hawks. A definite disappointment but not a surprise, being that it was his first time even listed on the injury report anything other than “out.”
Before the game, Rick Carlisle was very noncommittal of Dirk’s status. The Mavs do play tomorrow night in Phoenix but you’d like to think that the Mavs would prefer to make Dirk’s season debut at home, which would leave Sunday against the Kings a definite possible opportunity.
Mavs feed off Carlisle’s ejection
Not only frustrated with the refs, as he was ejected in the third quarter after picking up two quick technical fouls, but Rick Carlisle must have been disappointed in the Mavs overall play through the first two quarters and change. Though, once Carlisle walked off the floor, Dallas got their act together.
Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea had themselves a strong second half as they were able to exploit the Hawks’ defense. Barnes finished with while Barea scores 18 before leaving with an ankle injury.
This victory was a complete team effort and though Carlisle watched from the locker room and the referees weren’t so friendly tonight, Dallas got W and extended their home win streak.
Dallas heads to Phoenix for a matchup against the Suns tomorrow before facing off against the Kings back home on Sunday.
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