Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/29

Game 1: Saturday, December 29th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 15th

Mavericks 116


Hawks 107

(13-24, 9-8 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:30 PM ET, January 15, 2002

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 32 23 39 22116
    ATL 23 34 26 24107

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 40 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atl: J. Terry 46 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Terry hits for 46 in a losing cause

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks love to run and gun. They found the perfect opponent Tuesday night.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points and the Mavericks tied a franchise record with 18 3-pointers, cruising to a 116-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

    Atlanta got a career-best 46 points from Jason Terry, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Hawks' fourth straight loss.

    "It was a fun game," Nowitzki said. "That's how we like to play, up and down. They played our brand of basketball. We're just a little better at it. It was not really a defensive battle."

    Dallas, the NBA's highest-scoring team, was predictably efficient against the worst defense in the league. Time and again, the Mavericks stifled any hope of an Atlanta comeback by hitting a jumper from outside the arc, taking full advantage when the Hawks went to a zone.

    "It's a fun game when you're shooting and making it," said Tim Hardaway, who scored all of his 18 points on six 3-pointers.

    Nowitzki eclipsed his regular-season high of 38 points, though he fell short of a 42-point effort in a playoff game at San Antonio last season. Nowitzki was 6-of-15 from 3-point range.

    Steve Nash added 29 points, making five 3s.

    "We're not a very good club defensively, there's no question about that," Hawks coach Jason Terry said. "Their matchups gave us a lot of trouble."

    In the fourth quarter, the Hawks closed to 104-98, only to have Hardaway make a 3 at the other end. Terry's jumper pulled Atlanta to 107-100, but Hardaway sank another 3-pointer to ensure the Mavericks were never seriously threatened.

    "It looked like we were going to make a run there for a second," Terry said. "But they had Tim Hardaway. How could you know he was going to come out and shoot the lights out in a two-minute span?"

    The Hawks led 57-55 at halftime, carried by Terry's 30-point effort over the first two quarters. But Dallas took control by outscoring Atlanta 39-26 in the third, equaling the most points the Hawks have given up in a period this season.

    "No matter what the stats read, a win is the only thing that really matters," Terry said. "They pass the ball extremely well. I'm not saying we don't. It's just you can tell the difference."

    Dallas, coming off a 113-87 loss at Orlando the previous night, shot 18-of-40 from 3-point range, equaling the team mark reached two other times. It was the most 3s ever allowed by the Hawks.

    "It's come to come out like this after last night," Hardaway said. "You get blown out by 30 the night before, you better have all the energy and your shots better be going in."

    Leon Smith, the former first-round pick who signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks, didn't play against his former team even though Atlanta had only 10 players in uniform.

    Smith didn't play a game for the Mavericks after being a first-round draft pick in 1999. He attempted suicide and was arrested twice before Dallas released him at mid-season. He was out of the league the last two seasons.

    Game notes
    Hawks C Theo Ratliff didn't play because of persistent soreness in his hip. He has played only one of three games since coming off the injured list, where he spent 32 games. ... The Hawks had five players in street clothes, equaling the number of healthy players on the bench. ... Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, sitting at courtside, laughed when the video board showed him next to a superimposed picture of NBA commissioner David Stern during a segment known as the "Kiss-Cam." Cuban has been fined repeatedly for criticism of officials and other offenses, including a record $500,000 levy. ... Terry's previous career high was 38 points, set three other times.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 116 107
    FGM-FGA 39-82 (.476) 39-82 (.476)
    3PM-3PA 18-40 (.450) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 26-35 (.743)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-37 16-50
    Assists 27 15
    Turnovers 13 18
    Steals 12 10
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 27 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 40
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 46
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0