3. Reddish missed a few shots early, but ultimately came off the bench to lead the Hawks in scoring with 20 points (7-15 FG). He went 3-for-4 from 3-point range and was a force on both ends for the second unit, showing the benefits of the Hawks’ depth: “I thought he played a beautiful game, I really did,” McMillan said of Reddish. “Cam is the guy that really establishes that defense on that second unit. I just thought he had a solid game. He’s a two-way player and tonight he showed that he can play on both sides of the floor.”
4. Trae Young’s shot wasn’t falling in the first half (2-9 FG), and it’s a good sign for the Hawks that they still had a seven-point lead at that point. But he dominated in the third quarter, with 12 points and nine assists, helping them work up to a 22-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Overall, the Hawks had six players score in double-digits: Reddish (20), Young (19), Collins (16), Capela (12), Hunter (11) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (11).
5. Yes, it’s just one game, and last year’s playoff run showed the Hawks it’s a marathon, not a sprint. But it also showed them that every game counts, when playoff seeding is eventually going to be on the line and the Hawks hoping to finish in the top 4 in the Eastern Conference. “We know how important it is, after being in the playoffs, to take and approach every game seriously, try to get a higher seed than we did last year,” Young said. “So obviously it’s just one game, but it was a very important to come out and leave a statement obviously at home, and make this place a tough place to play.”
Hawks 113, Mavs 87 (box score)
Stat of the game: 33.3% (what the Mavericks shot from the field, frustrated by the Hawks’ tough defense)
Star of the game: Hunter (he may not have led the team in scoring, but Hunter’s defensive performance on Doncic was vital)
Quotable: “We can tell Dre ‘Sic ‘em,’ on anybody, and he’s up for the challenge, running over screens, getting hit, doing whatever he needs to do to be a great defender. Love having Dre back out on the court and healthy.” (Collins on Hunter’s performance and how he changes the Hawks’ defense)