DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks overcame a great challenge against the Atlanta Hawks. They played without Luka Dončić (sprained right ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (rest day after recovering from a left knee injury). Dončić isn’t expected to return to the floor until February 10th.
Jalen Brunson started the game for the ninth time this season and scored a season-high 27 points, 19 of them in the first half. Dorian Finney-Smith added 22 points and Maxi Kleber 18 as Dallas beat the Hawks 123-100.
Dallas’ coach Rick Carlisle recorded his 500th win with the Mavs. He became the 13th NBA coach to win 500 games with one franchise.
The Mavericks will visit the Indiana Pacers on Monday.