Hot-shooting Mavs roll past Hawks, 127-113

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called it a "defensive pillow fight."

If so, Atlanta coach Larry Drew felt like his team didn't bring enough pillows.

Darren Collison scored 24 points and the hot-shooting Mavericks set season highs for points in a half and a game in a 127-113 victory over the Hawks on Monday night.

Carlisle said the Mavericks would "take the win and run" after scoring at least 29 points in each quarter.

The Mavericks began the day 11th in the Western Conference, four games behind the eighth-place Lakers. The schedule could help Dallas gain ground in the playoff standings. The Mavericks play Brooklyn on Wednesday night in their first of six straight home games.

"We've been bouncing back all year," Carlisle said. "We've had a lot of opportunities to do that, unfortunately. We've got 15 left and we're going to throw the kitchen sink at all 15.

"We're going to have to be right and we're going to have to be together."

The Mavericks have made the postseason 12 years in a row.

"We still believe," Collison said. "We still believe we can make it. There's no quit in us. We believe that every game from here out we can get a win. We're talented enough. We've got the players to do it."

Dallas led 68-55 at halftime and kept adding to the lead in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki, who had 22 points, hit two free throws as the Mavericks reached 100 with their first points of the final period.

Dallas made 57.3 percent of its shots (51 of 89). The Hawks also had a strong night on offense, shooting 56 percent from the field with eight scorers in double figures, but could come no closer than 11 points in the second half.

"They had their mind made up that they were bringing it to us, and we didn't respond very well to it," Drew said. "That's not acceptable at this stage of the season. We only have 15 regular-season games remaining. At this stage, there can be no excuses."

Collison made 10 of 14 shots from the field, going 2 of 3 from 3-point range. He had 15 points in the second period.

"I was able to get it going," Collison said. "A lot of players in this league, once they get it going that basket looks bigger and bigger, and that's what happened in the second quarter."



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