Friday , Mar , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs embark on important road trip

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks (53-16) trail the defending
world champion San Antonio Spurs by one-half game for first place in the
Southwest Division and the top spot in the Western Conference.

Dallas visits the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at Philips Arena. It is the second
and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. On November 17th, Josh
Howard scored a game-high 25 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 points and 13
rebounds to lead Dallas over Atlanta, 87-78, at American Airlines Arena.

Dallas has lost two straight after winning its last four at Atlanta.

The Mavericks attempt to bounce back from a tough loss against the Hawks. On
Thursday, Jason Richardson scored 40 points, including a dramatic buzzer-
beating three-pointer to win the game for the Golden State Warriors, who
knocked off Dallas 122-121, at American Airlines Center.

All-Star Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 51 points, two short of his career-
high, and pulled down nine boards, while Jason Terry contributed 29 points and
seven assists in the loss to Golden State for the Mavericks.

Dallas is a solid 23-10 as the visitor this season. The Mavericks will also
visit Detroit, Cleveland and Orlando on the swing. They are 6-4 in their last
10 contests away from home.

Nowitzki, who leads the Mavericks in scoring (26.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.8
rpg), has scored over 20 points in 16 straight games. He is averaging 31.7
points and 10.0 rebounds in his last 10 outings.

The Mavericks have allowed 100 or more points in two of their last 10
contests. Dallas was on the losing end of both contests when its opponent
reached the century mark.