Atlanta Hawks Vs. Dallas Mavericks: Hawks Run Out Of Steam In Fourth, Fall 102-91 To Mavs

The Hawks head to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Saturday night. They will be without Marvin Williams, was suspended for two games after getting into a fight with the Knicks Shawne Williams on Friday.

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Atlanta Hawks Vs. Dallas Mavericks: Hawks Run Out Of Steam In Fourth, Fall 102-91 To Mavs

The shorthanded Atlanta Hawks were able to run with the Dallas Mavericks for 36 minutes on Saturday night.  The final 12 minutes were an entirely different story.

Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and former Hawk Jason Terry added 18 points and dished 11 assists as the Mavericks cruised to a 102-91 win over the Hawks at the American Airlines Center.

Joe Johnson had a game-high 27 points and Josh Smith added 17 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter for Atlanta, which has alternated wins and losses over its last six games.

"We came out starting the fourth quarter and the shot selection was not very good," Hawks coach Larry Drew told the team's television broadcast afterward.  "We just never recovered."

Despite playing on the back end of a back-to-back and without the suspended Marvin Williams, the Hawks went blow-to-blow with the Mavericks through the first three quarters, even holding a 78-77 lead through the first three quarters of the basketball game.

But Atlanta's legs were shaky to start the fourth as the club went without a field goal for nearly six minutes as Dallas posted a 14-1 run to essentially seal the win.  Atlanta fought back to cut the lead to within six on Johnson's fade away jumper with 4:52 left, but the relentless Mavericks would not give in.

After Nowitzki connected on a pair of free throws and Damien Wilkins split a pair to make it 95-88 with 3:10 remaining, Jason Kidd all but sealed Dallas' fourth straight win with a 3-pointer with 2:17 left to establish a double-digit lead.

The Hawks missed Williams, who was suspended by the league for a pair of games for throwing a punch in his fight with New York Knicks forward Shawne Williams on Friday.

Weary Atlanta could have used Marvin Williams to help establish the post and bring some energy down the stretch.

Instead, the Hawks fell into that familiar rut in the fourth where they turned the ball over or settled for long jumpers in lieu of establishing the inside game. Atlanta's post game suffered another setback after Smith fouled out with 5:41 remaining.

Unfortunately, the 3-point bombs were not falling.  Atlanta connected on just four of 20 shots from the perimeter. Many of those baskets lead to easy transition buckets for the Mavericks, who connected on 36-of-73 shots (49-percent) from the field.

"This is the NBA we're used to it," Drew said of his team's possible fatigue. "We've played a lot of back-to-backs. We can't make any excuses. You have to suck it up. It's gut check time.  I thought the guys had a great effort and we just fell short."

Jamal Crawford had 11 points off the bench for Atlanta, which was swept in the season set and lost for the 11th time in 13 games in Dallas.


Atlanta Hawks - Dallas Mavericks: Hawks Trail Mavericks 52-49 at Half

Someone forgot to tell Joe Johnson that the Atlanta Hawks were not supposed to be in the thick of things against the Dallas Mavericks.

Johnson has 16 points and Jamal Crawford posted seven to keep the Hawks within striking distance of the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.  Dirk Nowitzki and former Hawk Jason Terry have 12 each for Dallas, which has a 52-49 lead at the break.

Atlanta is in this one without Marvin Williams, who was suspended two games for his altercation with New York Knicks forward Shawne Williams in the Hawks' 111-102 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Philips Arena.

The Hawks are playing well despite being shorthanded. Fatigue has not set in for Atlanta on the second game of a back-to-back.  Atlanta has connected on 55-percent (22-of-40) from the field in the first 24 minutes, but is only 1-for-10 from behind the 3-point line.

Atlanta also has had trouble getting to the free throw line, only managing to get to the line just five times in the first half.  Dallas on the other hand has attempted 14 free throws.  They are also 3-for-9 from behind the arc and hold a 19-15 edge on the glass.

The Hawks' post play has been fine, but they're going to need to draw contact inside and get to the line if they want to run with the Mavericks in the second half.


Atlanta Hawks Vs. Dallas Mavericks: Marvin Williams Suspended Two Games For Fight With Knicks Shawne Williams

Marvin Williams swing and a miss cost the Atlanta Hawks forward two games.

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams was suspended for a pair of games after his fight with New York Knicks fowrard Shawne Williams of the New York Knicks in the waning seconds of Atlanta's 111-102 win over New York on Friday night.

Shawne Williams was sidelined one game for the fracas, which occurred with 43.7 seconds left in the game.  NBA dean of discipline Stu Jackson came down with his verdict shortly after 2:30 p.m. Eastern.  Marvin Williams will miss Atlanta's contest against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.  He will also miss Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors.  Shawne Williams will sit in New York's game against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Under NBA rules, a player is automatically suspended for at least one game if he attempts to throw a punch.  It doesn't matter if the punch finds a player's face, body or air -- like "Starvin Marvin's" attempt to beat down Shawne with his fist in "Skinny-Man Mayhem 2011" did in Friday night at Philips Arena.

The Hawks forward and his Knicks counterpart tussled while heading down the floor after Atlanta grabbed a key rebound to all but seal the win.  Marvin Williams shoved Shawne Williams and Shawne shoved back, an argument ensued before it quickly escalated to blows.

Marvin Williams' suspension will come a terrible time for this Hawks team. Williams returned to the fold for the first time in 11 games on Wednesday. His first start came against the Knicks. It was the first time in a long time the Hawks starting five have been healthy enough to start a game.

It looks like the Hawks will go "big" against Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.  Atlanta's preliminary lineup has Al Horford at the four, Josh Smith in Marvin Williams' spot at the three and Jason Collins -- who sat on Friday -- at center.

The Hawks and Mavericks tip off at 8:30 PM on SportSouth and 97.9 FM.

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