Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas wins 12th straight; Howard hurts ankle

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and yanked down
eight rebounds to pace the surging Mavericks to their 12th consecutive
victory, a 110-87 rout of the Atlanta Hawks.

Jason Terry scored 21 and Josh Howard finished with 20, but left in the fourth
quarter after spraining his right ankle. Jerry Stackhouse scored 19 and dished
out nine assists, as the Mavericks extended their club-record home winning
streak to 20 contests.

The Mavericks are an amazing 27-3 on their home floor this year and they’ve
put together three winning streaks of at least 12 games this season. They
haven’t lost consecutive games since an 0-4 start and moved to an NBA-best
47-9, which includes wins in 33 of their last 35 games.

We’ve got guys finishing and going hard to finish and knocking down shots
right now,” Stackhouse said. “Hopefully we can continue to play that way
because everybody is playing with a lot of confidence.”

The Hawks are at the opposite end of the spectrum, losing four of five,
dropping them to 22-35. Joe Johnson went 12-of-18 from the field for 29 points
for Atlanta, which lost for the 13th time in the last 16 encounters to Dallas.
Zaza Pachulia had 24 points and nine boards in defeat.

“We’ve got to defend and rebound the ball, and we just couldn’t stop them
tonight,” Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. “We’ll see them again and hopefully
we’ll be better before they come back to our place.”

The Hawks led 6-1 early, but that was an aberration, as the Mavericks took
control the second. The Mavs led 27-23 after one period and widened the margin
to double digits at 38-27 on a Howard turnaround jumper with 8:51 left in the
half. Austin Croshere’s basket made it 40-27, ending eight consecutive Dallas

Dallas led 60-45 at the half and continued to pull away in the third. Terry’s
jumper moved the score to 69-49 with just under seven minutes left in the
period and it was 87-67 going into the fourth.

The Mavs led by as many as 25, with Pops Mensah-Bonsu’s jam in the final
minute providing that margin.

Howard suffered his injury when he stepped on the foot of Johnson while taking
a jumper.

“Hopefully he should be okay,” Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. “The X-rays
were negative and we’ll check him out tomorrow night.”

Game Notes

Greg Buckner missed the game for Dallas due to a bruised left knee…Dallas’
last loss at home was a 92-83 defeat to the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 7…Josh
Childress had 13 points and Marvin Williams 11 for Atlanta…The teams will
meet against March 25 in Atlanta.