It appeared as if the Mavericks were going to steal a victory from the Hawks.
Devin Harris stole it back.
The Hawks led for much of the game, jumping to a double-digit lead minutes from the opening tip, but had to erase a late five-point deficit for a 105-101 victory over the Mavericks Monday night at American Airlines Center.
With the Hawks holding a one-point lead, Josh Smith had the ball stolen by Elton Brand with 30 seconds remaining. O.J. Mayo took the ball and drove down the court, only to have Harris re-steal the ball and put the Hawks back in control. Smith was fouled after the steal and made two free throws with 22.2 seconds remaining for a 101-98 lead.
With the Mavericks setting up a last-second attempt, Jeff Teague stole a bad pass by Mayo and made two free throws with 13 seconds remaining for a five-point cushion.
Dirk Nowitzki sunk a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining to pull the Mavericks to within 103-101. However, Kyle Korver iced the game with two free throws with 5.2 seconds left for the final margin.
“When he took off I wanted to sit behind and see if he put the ball back in his right hand,” Harris said. “I was just trying to make a play on it when he did. I was able to steal it away at the right time.”
Al Horford was also chasing down Mayo on the pivotal play.
“My first reaction, I was getting back,” Horford said. “If Devin wouldn’t have gotten it, I would have been there to at least contest. So, my first thought was don’t let them score. Here comes Devin and makes an amazing play. That was the play of the game by far.”