NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Atlanta
(Friday, February 26th)
Final Score: Dallas 111, Atlanta 103 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jason Kidd's triple-double fueled a furious Maverick comeback in the fourth quarter to force overtime, as Dallas downed Atlanta, 111-103, at Philips Arena for a season-high sixth straight win.
Kidd recorded 19 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds to help the visitors overcome a 15-point deficit and hand the Hawks only their seventh loss at home all season.
Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-best 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. His five points led the Mavs in overtime.
Kidd, meanwhile, hoisted three of his four three-pointers in the final minutes of regulation leading to extra time and made a heads-up play by drawing a technical on Hawks coach Mike Woodson to help turn the tide with 1:37 remaining.
Jason Terry chipped in 17 points and Shawn Marion 14 to help offset the absence of Caron Butler, who missed a second straight game after suffering an allergic reaction to a medication.
Joe Johnson totaled 27 points and 10 assists for Atlanta, which fell to 22-7 at home and saw a two-game win streak broken. Josh Smith had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a losing cause, while Jamal Crawford also scored 18.
The game seemed to be in the Hawks' control after Crawford put in two free throws for an 86-71 lead with 8:23 to play, but Nowitzki hit two jumpers and Terry another in response.
Crawford came back with a pair of baskets for a 90-77 margin with under six minutes left to set up the Mavericks' charge.
Brendan Haywood got a pair of scores from the paint to get things started, Terry buried a three and Nowitzki another following Jose Barea's deuce. The quick 12-0 burst made it a one-point game at 90-89.
Al Horford made 1-of-2 at the line with 3:17 to go, giving way to a back-and- forth sequence from three-point land as Kidd and Bibby traded a pair of long distance shots for a 97-95 Hawks lead with 1:43 remaining.
Then Kidd made an odd but prosperous decision. He raced upcourt following Bibby's last shot and purposefully made contact with Woodson, who was barking orders to his players close to the boundary line.
"I saw him on the court...we needed to get a point somehow. I don't know what the exact ruling is, but hey, he's in a suit and I had to ratchet up the pressure -- make the officials make something happen," Kidd explained. "For some odd reason it's a fashion thing for coaches to be out on the floor. For me, it was just see what the official was going to call."
The officials called a technical on Woodson for being on the court, and Nowitzki's free throw made it a one-point game. The Mavs kept possession and made the incident a four-point swing on Kidd's three from beyond the left elbow with the clock winding under a minute.
"He (the official) said I was on the floor. I need to go back and look at it. I tried to move back. (Kidd) reached over the line and grabbed me," said Woodson of the bizarre play. "He (Kidd) made a heck of a play. He did what he had to do, unfortunately it didn't turn out to favor our team. I've got to take the hit for that."
Crawford's three on the ensuing possession was off, but Horford secured the carom. Crawford drove to the right baseline and found Smith, who laid it in amidst traffic to tie things at 99.
Dallas had a last chance for the win coming out of a timeout with 13.2 seconds left, but Nowitzki was short on a long fadeaway and Kidd's desperation heave from farther out missed its mark.
The nail-biting ended there, though, as Dallas scored the first seven points of overtime and were up 106-99 with 1:06 to go following a debilitating three by Nowitzki. Atlanta could only get within five from there.
The Mavericks led 29-19 after the opening quarter, but a Hawks surge in the second saw the score tied at 50 at intermission. Atlanta rattled off a 9-0 run to take a 65-58 lead midway through the third on Smith's tip-in, and the hosts were up 11, 76-65, heading to the fourth after Johnson's layup.
Kidd also passed Scottie Pippen for fifth place on the NBA's all-time steals list. He had two in addition to his 104th career triple-double and first this season...The Hawks and Mavs split the season series at a game apiece...Dallas has lost just once in seven games since making a blockbuster trade with Washington that netted Butler, Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson...Haywood ended with 11 points and 11 rebounds...Horford had 13 points and eight boards...Atlanta had won six of its previous seven games at home...Friday's loss was just the second for Atlanta at home against the Western Conference (10-2)...The Hawks sport an impressive 18-9 overall mark against the West this season.
02/26 23:53:55 ET