It’s hard to beat a team when nine of their players shoot 50 percent or better in the game.
You usually win when eight of your players drop double-figures.
But sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles.
The Mavericks manhandled the Hawks 127-113 on Monday as Dallas put on an absolute shooting clinic against Atlanta.
Backup point guard Darren Collison poured in a game-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting in 30 minutes of action. Dirk Nowitzki dropped 22 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists. O.J. Mayo chipped in with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds. Chris Kaman had 14 points and seven boards.
Nowitzki, Mayo and Kaman each shot 63.6 percent (7-of-11) in the game. Teammates Vince Carter (13) and Brandon Wright (12) shot 55.5 percent (5-of-9) apiece overall.
The Hawks, on the other hand, didn’t have a poor shooting night — hard to say that when they put up 113 points — they just couldn’t get stops on defense.
Jeff Teague returned to his normal role after missing the previous three starts and led Atlanta with 19 points and seven assists (both team-high’s). Al Horford added 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Josh Smith scored 13 points and had six assists, five boards, one steal and one block. Anthony Tolliver finished with 12 points after a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night. Kyle Korver was in the mix with 11 points, while Devin Harris, John Jenkins and Ivan Johnson each added 10 points apiece.