The Mavericks lost their final regular season game 106-89 against the Hawks on Thursday in Atlanta. The Mavericks needed to show a better effort against another playoff team, as they did not look strong against the Hawks. It does raise some red flags as the game displayed what the playoffs may hold for the Dallas team. Hopefully this is not the case and was simply an off night. The team ended the season with a 36-30 mark overall, and a 13-20 road record.
Nowitzki led the way for Dallas with 22 points scored. Marion grabbed 8 rebounds in the game to lead the team while Beaubois had 6 assists to lead the team. In the end, this was all not enough as the team shot inconsistently and played some loose defense to fall too far behind early. The team allowed 38 points to the hawks in the first quarter, which ended up being the difference in the game and set their fate from the get-go. Even outscoring the Hawks in the second and third quarters was not enough to get them back into the contest.
The Hawks were led by Smith who managed to lead the team in all major statistical categories. Smith put in 23 points to lead all scorers in the contest. He also led the way for the Hawks with 9 rebounds and 7 assists as well while he looks poised for a Hawk’s playoff run. The team ends the year with a 40-26 overall record, and was 23-10 at home this season.