Hawks Hold Off Mavericks for Fourth Straight Win

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Dallas Mavericks for a 105-102 victory on Monday night.

Atlanta led by as many as 24 points in the third quarter. The Mavericks pulled to 96-88 before second-year player Schroder hit a jump shot and two free throws for a 12-point lead with 1:08 to play.

The Hawks (20-7) won all three games on their road trip. The Southeast Division leaders have a four-game winning streak overall, and have won 13 of their last 14.

All five Atlanta starters scored in double figures. Kyle Korver scored 18, Al Horford had 17, DeMarre Carroll put in 15 and Paul Millsap added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 18 points, 11 in a fourth quarter when they outscored the Hawks 39-23. Dirk Nowitzki scored 16, Charlie Villanueva 14, Rajon Rondo 13, Devin Harris 11 and Richard Jefferson 10.

Rondo added 11 assists.

Schroder scored five points in a 10-2 run that took Atlanta from a 6-6 tie to a 16-8 lead with 4:25 to play in the first quarter. He finished the period with 10 points, helping the Hawks to a 25-18 lead.

In the second quarter, Horford scored eight points as Atlanta extended the lead to 52-38 at halftime.

The Hawks made 51 percent of their first-half field goal attempts. Dallas took four more shots, but made only 33 percent.

The third quarter was similar. Atlanta led by as many as 24 points and was ahead 82-63 as the quarter ended.

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Hawks: Schroder was making his third straight start replacing PG Jeff Teague (strained left hamstring). Schroder's previous high-scoring game was 16 points at Miami Dec. 3. . Korver missed a free throw for only the third time this season. His 7 for 8 put him at 59 for 62 this season.

Even before the game, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called the Hawks the most underrated team in the NBA, and Mike Budenholzer the most underrated coach.

Mavericks: For the second straight game, the Mavericks had their lowest-scoring first half. They had 42 points Saturday against San Antonio, and finished Monday's first half with 38. . Dallas might have had 40 first-half points, but after stealing the ball, Ellis slammed a dunk off the rim in the final second.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Mavericks: At Phoenix on Tuesday.

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