Saturday , Mar , 25 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs open road swing in Atlanta

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks begin a four-game road trip tonight,
as they visit the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

This 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. 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 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 current swing.

Atlanta tries to halt a two-game losing streak. On Wednesday, Allen Iverson
scored 29 points and dished out 12 assists, as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated
the Hawks, 115-106, at the Wachovia Center.

Josh Smith scored 22 points in the loss to the Sixers for the Hawks, who have
lost six of their last seven games overall. Rookie Marvin Williams finished
with 21 points off the bench, while Josh Childress netted 17 points and
grabbed 12 boards in defeat.

The Hawks are 14-19 at Philips Arena this season.