Al Horford finished with 17 points and recorded 12 rebounds, his 5th double-double of the season, to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a close victory over the Dallas Mavericks, 88-87. This snaps a 3-game losing streak for Atlanta (9-8).
Horford finished 7-13 from the field. Other top performers for Atlanta were Jeff Teague with 25 points and 6 assists, and Paul Millsap with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points for Dallas on 6-13 shooting.
The high-powered Mavericks offense did not do as well as expected, struggling to score against a porous Hawks defense that ranks just 30th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 122.5. Despite an off game where they tallied 0.920 points per possession, Dallas ranks fifth in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 105.5. Poor shooting (eFG% of 43.5%) combined with sloppy ball-handling (TO% of 19.0) proved too much to overcome for the Mavericks. On the season, they are 0-1 when posting an eFG% of worse than 45% while also giving the ball away on more than 17% of their possessions. The Hawks are 0-0 when coaxing their opponents into such substandard offensive showings.
This drops Dallas (10-7) to 1-1 versus Atlanta on the season.
Coming up next, the Hawks square off against the Washington Wizards, who are 7-8 on the year. The Mavericks match up against the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently 8-9 this season. The Mavericks have a 0-1 record against Minnesota this season.
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