Thursday , Mar , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Team Report – March 18

=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – March 18 ===

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks had their two-game winning streak
stopped on Wednesday with a surprising 111-110 loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks
at the AmericanAirlines Center.

Steve Nash had 30 points and nine assists for the Mavericks, who fell for the
fifth time in their last eight games. Dirk Nowitzki collected 28 points and 10
boards in the losing effort.

Trailing by 14 heading into the final period, Dallas began the fourth with a
12-4 run to climb within 94-88. Nash and Michael Finley each highlighted the
flurry with four points apiece. However, the Hawks withstood the rush and
extended the cushion to 105-94 moments later.

The Mavericks refused to go away as they reeled off nine of the next 11 points
and pulled within 107-103 with just under three minutes left. Stephen Jackson
hit a free throw, but Nash then made a layup and a three-pointer sandwiched
around Jackson’s dunk to cut the deficit to 110-108 with 58.8 seconds left.

Jason Collier was then fouled and made 1-of-2 from the line to make it a
three-point game with 41.6 seconds left. Nash then converted a driving layup
to bring his team within one and after a Jason Terry miss, Nowitzki then
grabbed the rebound with 12 seconds remaining.

Nash’s runner as time expired was off the mark and thwarted Dallas’ furious
comeback attempt.

Dallas is currently tied for fifth in the Western Conference playoff race with
the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Mavericks, who will close a two-game homestand on Friday against the
Boston Celtics, have won nine of 10 and 13 of their last 15 at home and are
29-5 at home this season.

Dallas lost to the Celtics earlier in the season, but has won six of seven and
eight of the last 10 meetings.The Mavs have also won three straight at home
against Boston.