ATLANTA -- When it came time to make a big play Friday night at Philips Arena, the Dallas Mavericks were a no-show.
The same can't be said for the Atlanta Hawks, who made all of the necessary big plays needed to rally from 17 points down in the third quarter to defeat the Mavs, 88-87.
Paul Millsap surprisingly nailed a three-pointer with 1:16 lef to get the Hawks wihtin 87-86 of the Mavs. Then, after monta Ellis missed on a drive and Dirk Nowitzki missed a jumper, Al Horford banged in an 18-footer for the game-winner with 4.5 seconds left.
"Teams, usually, when they're down they play a little desperate and then they make runs,'' said Nowitzki, who tallied 16 points. "You've got to withstand some of the runs and then make the big plays when it comes down to it.
"I felt like we had enough chances to make big plays.''
But the Mavs failed to make those big plays.
Now the Mavs go home with a 10-7 record, including 8-1 at home and only 2-6 on the road. And they go home to face a Minnesota Timberwolves squad which already beat them, 116-108, back on Nov. 8 in Minnesota.
-- Dwain Price
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