clearn.png
Monday November 29th, 2021 7:08AM

Doncic, Mavericks snap 6-game skid, hold off Hawks 122-116

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ATLANTA (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 27 points and dished out 14 assists as the Dallas Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak, defeating Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks 122-116 on Wednesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, including a crucial tip-in of a miss by Doncic with 32 seconds remaining that helped Dallas hold off a furious Atlanta comeback.

Winning was a big relief for the Mavericks.

“It wasn't perfect,” Doncic said. “But we got the win, and that's all that matters to me. We were so happy after the game. It's been a tough stretch.”

Doncic clearly won the individual matchup between two of the NBA’s brightest young stars, who are forever linked after being dealt for each other in a blockbuster trade during the 2018 draft.

With Dallas players hassling him the length of the court and coming at him with frequent double-teams, Young needed a late flourish to reach 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting. He had nine assists and four turnovers.

“They were denying Trae the ball from pretty much the second we inbounded it,” said Kevin Huerter, who also had 21 points for the Hawks. “They made it tough on him.”

Doncic had no such issues against the Hawks. He got plenty of help from his teammates — six Dallas players scored in double figures — and continually earned trips to the foul line, where he finished 10 of 10.

Doncic came up just two rebounds shy of another triple-double.

After a game that was tight for three quarters, the Mavericks pulled away at the start of the fourth and held on to snap their longest losing streak since a seven-game skid from March 2-14, 2019.

Tim Hardaway Jr. pushed the margin to double digits for the first time all night with a pull-up jumper that gave the Mavericks a 95-85 lead with 10:14 remaining.

Doncic pulled off another of his dazzling plays to help extend the margin. He stripped the ball from Cam Reddish and led a fast break, brushing off Hawks center Clint Capela with a crossover and hesitation at the 3-point line, accelerating toward the hoop before dishing off to Porzingis cutting down the lane for the dunk.

John Collins led the Hawks with 35 points and 12 rebounds.

Atlanta keeps struggling at the most crucial points of the game. Nine of their 11 losses have been by less than 10 points.

“That's been out Achilles heel a little bit,” Collins said. “We've got to continue to work on it as a young team.”

PORZINGIS PLAYING TIME

The Mavericks have been careful with Porzingis' minutes, still mindful of the knee injury he sustained in last year's playoffs.

The 7-foot-3 Latvian wants coach Rick Carlisle to be a little more generous with the playing time — especially in the first quarter. They've talked about an expanded role.

“I feel it's best to play the whole first quarter,” Porzingis said. “Especially coming back from an injury. It's hard to get into a rhythm playing four minutes here, five minutes there.”

NO FREEBIES

Collins turned in a big night without a single trip to the foul line.

“I honestly feel like with how athletic I am, it's hard for the referees to judge what's a foul, what's not a foul,” he said. “It says my game is real. To do it without getting to the line, those are all real buckets.”

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas also snapped a seven-game losing streak in Atlanta. ... The Mavs have won three of five games against the Hawks in the Doncic-Young rivalry. ... Hardaway had another big game against his former team with 22 points, including five 3-pointers. He came in averaging 21.5 points in seven games since leaving the Hawks in 2017.

Hawks: Capela extended the NBA's longest active streak of games with at least 10 rebounds to 17 in a row before halftime. He finished with 14 boards. ... Capela's double-digit rebounding streak is the longest by an Atlanta player since Dwight Howard’s 19-game run in 2017.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Return home Thursday night to host the Golden State Warriors.

Hawks: Also facing a back-to-back, hosting the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

___

Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pnewberry1963 and find his work at https://apnews.com/search/paulnewberry

___

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Doncic, Mavericks snap 6-game skid, hold off Hawks 122-116
Luka Doncic scored 27 points and dished out 14 assists as the Dallas Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak, defeating Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks 122-116
10:16PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Asian shares down on caution after modest US gains
Asian shares are mostly lower as caution sets in over company earnings reports, recent choppy trading in technology stocks and prospects for more economic stimulus for a world battling a pandemic
9:50PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Head of Tokyo Olympics faces storm over comments about women
The postponed Tokyo Olympics have one more problem they don't need
9:47PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
No play, but plenty of tests for players at Australian Open
Players are isolating and getting tested for COVID-19 instead of playing tuneup tournaments four days before the Australian Open as concern grows over the impact on the year’s first tennis major
8:36PM ( 1 hour ago )
Gardner, East Carolina upset No. 5 Houston 82-73
Jayden Gardner had 21 points and 15 rebounds to help East Carolina stun fifth-ranked Houston 82-73
8:14PM ( 2 hours ago )
NBA: Zero new players tested positive for virus in past week
The NBA says no additional players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week, after nearly two dozen games had to be called off in the past month because of virus-related issues
7:22PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: More ACC changes to men's basketball schedule
Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game between Louisville and No. 14 Virginia has been postponed, with Pittsburgh now scheduled to visit the Cavaliers in Charlottesville that day
4:36PM ( 5 hours ago )
Family: Keyontae Johnson's collapse unrelated to COVID-19
The family of Florida forward Keyontae Johnson says his collapse during a game nearly two months ago was not related to a positive COVID-19 test
3:52PM ( 6 hours ago )
The Latest: NWHL suspends season because of rise in COVID-19
The National Women’s Hockey League has suspended the remainder of its season because of additional positive COVID-19 test results
3:35PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
House GOP grapples with Greene, Cheney as it defines itself
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is condemning Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s open embrace of conspiratorial theories and racist views but criticizing a drive by Democrats to remove her from her committees
7:11PM ( 3 hours ago )
McCarthy condemns Greene's remarks but criticizes Democrats
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is condemning Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s open embrace of conspiratorial theories and racist views but criticizing a drive by Democrats to remove her from her committees
6:05PM ( 4 hours ago )
McCarthy condemns Greene remarks but blasts Dem 'power grab'
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is condemning Rep_ Marjorie Taylor Greene’s past remarks questioning school shootings, but he is criticizing a Democratic drive to oust the Georgia Republican from her committee assignments as a “partisan power grab.”
5:27PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
Thomas, Johnson headline US roster for AmeriCup qualifying
USA Basketball has finalized the 14-player roster for the final round of AmeriCup qualifying later this month, a group led by NBA All-Stars Joe Johnson and Isaiah Thomas
3:01PM ( 1 day ago )
FIBA holds draws for Olympic basketball tournaments
USA Basketball won’t have to wait long for intrigue at the Tokyo Olympics
7:26AM ( 1 day ago )
Booker hits winning 3 in return as Suns edge Mavs 109-108
Devin Booker hit 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in his first game since Jan. 22 and the Phoenix Suns rallied past the Dallas Mavericks for the second straight game, winning 109-108
11:55PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - NBA
Asian shares down on caution after modest US gains
Asian shares are mostly lower as caution sets in over company earnings reports, recent choppy trading in technology stocks and prospects for more economic stimulus for a world battling a pandemic
9:50PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Head of Tokyo Olympics faces storm over comments about women
The postponed Tokyo Olympics have one more problem they don't need
9:47PM ( 32 minutes ago )
The Latest: Mexico sees near-record daily coronavirus deaths
Mexico has reported a near-record 1,707 confirmed coronavirus deaths, as the country runs out of vaccines
9:43PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Public viewing for Cicely Tyson at famed Harlem church
People wishing to pay their final respects to legendary actor Cicely Tyson will get a chance during a public viewing at a famed Manhattan church
9:36PM ( 43 minutes ago )
Myanmar charges Suu Kyi, giving legal basis to detain her
Allies of Myanmar’s deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, say she has been charged with a crime
9:33PM ( 47 minutes ago )