ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks got their season-long six-game homestand off to a winning start by running their unbeaten streak against the Dallas Mavericks to nearly four full seasons.
Paul Millsap had 18 points, include a key late basket, to go with 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Hawks won 100-95 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory over the Mavericks.
Dennis Schroder scored 17 points and Dwight Howard had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks (34-26) won despite 22 turnovers and letting a lead for most of the game slip away.
Harrison Barnes had 25 points and Seth Curry scored 21 for Dallas (24-36).
Down 81-76 going into the fourth quarter, the Mavericks took their first lead since midway in the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Barnes to make it 90-87 with four minutes remaining.
The Mavericks were up 93-89 after a 3-pointer by Curry, but Millsap gave the Hawks the lead back at 94-93 on a basket with 30 seconds remain and Eran Ilyasova made two free throws with 11 seconds left before Kent Bazemore, who scored 15 points, had a clinching steal and dunk.
The Hawks made 6 of 8 attempts from behind the 3-point arc and shot 71.9 percent overall in building a 63-52 halftime lead.
Ilyasova, who finished with 18 points, made all three of his 3-point attempts and his 11 points backed 13 by Schroder and 12 by Howard, who also had eight first-half rebounds.
Barnes had 15 points at intermission as the Mavericks trailed despite shooting 51.3 percent.
The Mavericks, which lost 97-82 in Dallas on Jan. 7, haven’t beaten the Hawks since a 118-109 home victory on Oct. 30, 2013.
NOTES: It was Hawks C Dwight Howard’s 39th double-double of the season — one more than the center had with Houston last season. … C Nerlens Noel, slated to make his first start for the Mavericks, was deprived of that opportunity and fined an undisclosed amount after being 10 minutes late for the team plane to Atlanta on Tuesday. … Mavericks G/F Wesley Matthews stayed back in Dallas for diagnostic tests after aggravating his troublesome right hip during Monday’s victory over Miami. … The Mavericks continue to be without G J.J. Barea (calf). … G Jose Calderon, waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, is a prime candidate to fill the Hawks’ open roster spot. … Atlanta F Mike Dunleavy (ankle) missed his third straight game. … The Hawks will retire the No. 44 jersey of the late “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s during halftime ceremonies on Friday, when they host Cleveland.