Saturday , Mar , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Team Report – March 20

=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – March 20 ===

(Sports Network) – Dallas mustered a 120-104 win over the Boston Celtics at
AmericanAirlines Center Friday night.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out five
assists to pace the Mavericks to the win. Against his former team, Antoine
Walker added 21 points and nine boards for the Mavericks, who bounced back
from one of their worst losses of the season to the lowly Atlanta Hawks on
Wednesday.

Dallas has won three of its last four games overall and improved to 30-5 at
home this season. The Mavericks sit fifth in the West — one game ahead of
sixth place Memphis and 1 1/2 contests behind fourth place San Antonio.

The Mavericks led 32-14 after the opening 12 minutes and they never looked
back. In fact, Dallas posted 23 of the game’s first 30 points.

Each team shot well from the field with the Mavericks leading the way 53
percent to 51 percent. Each team also forced 17 turnovers, but the difference
was on the boards where Dallas dominated, 46-27.

Dallas lost to the Celtics earlier in the season, but has won seven of eight
and nine of the last 11 meetings. The Mavs have also won four straight at home
against Boston.

The Mavericks will look to build on their momentum when they face the New
Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena on Sunday afternoon.

DAL