NBA: Dejounte Murray leads Hawks past slumping Mavericks
Dejounte Murray scored 30 points, 11 of them in the fourth quarter, to lead the visiting Atlanta Hawks to a 130-122 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
Atlanta extended its winning streak to four games, while Dallas lost its third straight and fell for the fifth time in six games.
Murray made a 3-pointer with 1:50 left in the fourth to give the Hawks a four-point lead. Trae Young closed the game with a basket and four free throws in the final minute to preserve the win and allow Atlanta to end a four-game losing streak in Dallas.
Murray was 12-for-18 from the field and added seven rebounds and four assists. Young had 18 points and 12 assists, his 20th double-double of the season. John Collins scored 19 points, and Clint Capela had 16 points and six rebounds.
“We’re playing for 48 minutes now and not just for 24 or 30 or whatever,” Murray said after Atlanta’s fourth straight win.
“We came here with the mindset that we wanted to keep going and get another win,” Murray added.
Dejounte Murray and Luka Doncic dueled in Dallas as the Hawks picked up the road W.
Luka: 30 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
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Dallas was led by Luka Doncic, who amassed 30 points and eight assists but shot only 2-for-8 on 3-point attempts. Christian Wood added 22 points and nine rebounds, Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 points and seven assists, and Reggie Bullock contributed 18 points.
Atlanta shot 59.3 percent in the first quarter and turned seven Dallas turnovers into 11 points to take a 40-37 lead. The Mavs stayed close by shooting 63.2 percent and getting 19 points from Doncic.
The Hawks led 65-62 at halftime with both teams at slightly over 56 percent shooting.
Dallas took the lead on a 3-pointer by Doncic with 8:36 left in the third quarter, ending Atlanta’s streak of not trailing in a game at 123 minutes and 58 seconds.
The Mavericks extended the advantage to 83-73, but the Hawks came back and took the lead at the end of the quarter on an alley-oop pass from Young to Capela, who slammed it home with 1.1 seconds left to put Atlanta ahead 98-97.
Dallas played without Tim Hardaway Jr. (left ankle sprain) but got Dorian Finney-Smith back after he missed a month due to a right adductor strain. Finney-Smith had nine points and nine rebounds.