The good times are still rolling at American Airlines Center.
The Dallas Mavericks won their 11th consecutive home game after dispensing with the Atlanta Hawks 114-107 Wednesday night.
It’s the longest such streak for the Mavs since they won 12 in a row from Dec. 29, 2007 to Feb. 29, 2008. Yes, it was a leap year.
Just beating the Hawks was an impressive feat. Dallas (15-11) hadn’t beaten Atlanta (6-21) since Oct. 30, 2013.
Luka Doncic was only 14 years old.
The Mavs’ rookie had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and helped ignite a 9-0 run in the third quarter that turned the game around for Dallas.
After the Hawks went on a 9-0 run to take a 63-57 lead early in the second half, Rick Carlisle was ejected for arguing a foul. The Mavericks countered with a 9-0 run to reclaim a three-point lead. Doncic made three free throws and a 3-pointer at the top of the key to tie it at 66-66. J.J. Barea followed with a 3-pointer to put the Mavs up 69-66 with 4:28 left in the third quarter.
“Those guys off the bench are really good for us after Rick got thrown out,” assistant coach Stephen Silas said. “They play hard, they play with purpose.”
Dallas’ bench outscored Atlanta’s 45-13.
Barea’s 3-pointer with a minute left in the third quarter put the Mavs up 79-78. Barea, who left the game with a left ankle sprain with 9:22 remaining, scored 18 points in 16 minutes.
The Mavs improved to 13-2 at home. It’s the seventh time they have won 11 or more consecutive home games in a season.
“It was quick, usually don’t see a head coach get tossed that quickly,” Harrison Barnes said of the ejection. “I’ve been in a little bit of a stretch here where the shots are falling, not just for me, but for the team. My teammates believe in me and that always helps.”
Barnes led Dallas with 25 points. He made 5 of 8 from the 3-point arc, including his first three attempts as the Mavs built a 17-9 lead early in the first quarter.
The Hawks, led by rookie Trae Young’s team-high 24 points, took their first lead early in the second quarter. It remained a close game until the Mavs pulled away in the fourth behind a balanced scoring attack that included Maxi Kleber (7 points), Dorian Finney-Smith and Luka Doncic (6 points each) and Barnes (5 points).
The Mavericks play the Suns in Phoenix at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.