A Win and A Protest

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Coming out of the Allstar break the Atlanta Hawks gained their second back to back win when Atlanta defeated the Dallas Mavericks 111-107 on Saturday night at State Farm Arena.

After a slow start the Hawks gained an energy boost late in the 4th quarter with Trae Young tying the score 92-92.

At the 5:24 mark the Hawks took the 96-95 lead with a putback from Dewayne Dedmon.

The back and forth continued in the final minutes with Trae landing 3 of his 3’s from the logo. In the end John Collins helped the Hawks walk away with a 111-107 win.

John Collins led the team in scoring 35 points and 17 rebounds.

“Just our effort. We knew we could guard them. We knew how to guard them. We were prepared. Just a matter of us tightening up a little bit and taking a look in the mirror, and I think we did that and got some stops down the stretch.” said Collins.

Just when you think the Hawks gained a happy-ending, wait for it…Dallas owner Mark Cuban was not to happy when the Mavs loss to the Hawks

According to the Last Two Minute Report Dallas has filed a protest and delayed comment until commissioner Adam Silver has made his decision.

The controversial play in question happened in the final .8 seconds in the fourth quarter. The officials blew the whistle for an apparent goaltending before Hawks forward John Collins converted a putback to increase Atlanta’s lead to 111-107.

After the game Mark Cuban posted on Twitter.

According to ESPN Cuban is facing fines for criticizing the NBA officials decisions on social media.

Next up: Hawks now (17-41) will face the 76ers today at 7pm before returning back back home Wednesday to face the Magic.