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

Dallas continues road domination with win in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki posted a double-double with 27
points and 13 rebounds while Jason Terry provided a perimeter presence with 26
points, as Dallas rolled past Atlanta, 98-83, at Philips Arena.

Jerry Stackhouse contributed 16 points, Marquis Daniels donated 14 points and
Erick Dampier tallied 10 points and pulled down 10 boards for Dallas, which
has won two of its last three contests. The road warriors also improved to
24-10 away from home and will visit Detroit, Cleveland and Orlando to finish
the road trip.

Al Harrington led the Hawks with 19 points, Joe Johnson scored 17 points and
Marvin Williams posted his third double-double of the season with 13 points
and 11 boards for Atlanta, which has lost three in a row and seven of its last
eight games.

“They executed their stuff and seemed to get exactly what they wanted
every time down the floor,” said Harrington. “We aren’t going to disrupt
their offense especially with all of those talented players.”

Atlanta went almost six minutes without a field goal during the first period,
and Dallas built a substantial edge. Josh Childress’ free throw with 7:19 left
tied the game at 8-8, but by the time Williams converted a layup with 1:45
remaining, Dallas had gained a double-digit lead.

During the Hawks’ long cold spell, Dallas ripped off 12 consecutive points.
Terry drained two jumpers to start the stretch and Rawle Marshall drained a
pair of free throws to cap the spurt.

Dallas held a 24-10 advantage after one stanza.

“We thought our first-quarter defense really set the tone,” Mavericks head
coach Avery Johnson said of the team’s defensive effort. “We worked on a lot
of stuff this morning and we were fortunate to have some carry over.”

The Mavericks extended their lead to 33-13 during the early stages of the
second quarter, as Dampier’s short jumper and Stackhouse’s two free throws
opened the 20-point lead with 9:25 on the clock.

Johnson’s three-point play with 1:13 left trimmed the deficit to 47-33, but
Nowitzki tallied four of the half’s final six points. The forward used his
size to shake free and drain a tough fadeaway to make the score 51-35 at the

Atlanta used a 9-0 burst during the third stanza to get within 65-56.
Harrington drained a long-distance jumper, Williams followed up a Harrington
miss with a layup, Johnson buried a three and Josh Smith worked down low for a
layup with 2:37 left.

Dallas slowly restored order, scoring the final five points of the period to
hold a 76-61 edge. Terry scored them all, converting a three-point play and
just beating the buzzer with a layup.

The Mavericks’ lead ballooned to 87-66 on Dampier’s layup with 8:34 remaining.
Smith’s emphatic slam cut the deficit to 91-75 with 3:42 on the clock, but the
Hawks got no closer until Royal Ivey drained a jumper at the buzzer.

Game Notes

Smith scored 11 points in the loss…Dallas converted 23-of-26 from the
charity stripe…The Hawks fell to 14-20 at home…Dallas won for the first
time in its last three trips to Atlanta…The Mavericks swept the season
series, posting an 87-78 home victory on November 17.