Harris got a key steal in the final minute of the game, taking the ball away from O. J. Mayo on a fast break. He finished with 15 points and five assists. Josh Smith made two free throws to stretch the lead out and ensure the Mavericks could not catch up, as part of a 26-point, 13-rebound, 6-assist night. Smith's oft-maligned jumper was on target most of the night, as he made 10 of 15 shots and 4 of 5 three-pointers.
Al Horford also had a double-double, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Jeff Teague just missed one of his own, finishing with 20 points and nine assists. It was all just enough to narrowly avoid blowing a double-digit lead on the road, as the Hawks picked up just their second road win in their last 10 tries after leading by 13 points early on.
Harris had spent most of four seasons with Dallas, before being traded to New Jersey (now Brooklyn) in 2008. Harris arrived in Atlanta this summer in the Marvin Williams trade.
Speaking of trades, Josh Smith did not comment much on the furious rumors of a departure for those same Brooklyn Nets. "I'm just trying to focus on getting better as an individual on the court," he said. "As long as I'm with the Atlanta Hawks, I can only focus on how to make this team better."
The Hawks will face Orlando on the road on Wednesday before the All-Star break begins.