Wednesday , Dec , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Team Report – December 22

=== Dallas Mavericks Team Report – December 22 ===

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks take aim at their third straight win
and fifth in six games tonight, when they tangle with the Atlanta Hawks at
Philips Arena.

Dallas unleashed an offensive barrage on the New York Knicks at Madison Square
Garden Tuesday night, tallying a 123-94 thumping. Josh Howard paced the
Mavericks with his career double-double, posting 26 points and 16 rebounds in
the winning effort.

Dirk Nowitzki added 23 points, Michael Finley tallied 21 and Erick Dampier
rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11. The Mavericks shot 48.2 percent
from the field, including 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range. Dallas was
solid at the charity stripe, hitting 33-of-36 attempts.

Every player that saw action recorded at least two points for Dallas, which
swept the two-game season series against the Knicks and has won seven in a row
against New York.

The Mavs outscored New York 29-7 to end the second quarter and carry an
insurmountable 39-point lead at halftime, 75-36. Dallas’ 75 first-half points
were a season-high.

Dallas’ Jerry Stackhouse missed the game with a sore right hand. Stackhouse is
listed as questionable for tonight’s contest.

The Mavs claimed their fifth consecutive road win, improving to 9-3 away from
home. Meanwhile, Dallas is 8-6 at home.

Dallas has won 10 of 12 and 11 of the last 17 meetings in this series,
including five of its last eight in Atlanta. The Hawks did snap a four-game
series home losing streak on February 9.