Mavericks Vs. Hawks: Josh Smith Leads Atlanta Over Dallas 106-89

Josh Smith scored 23 points to help lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 106-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks securing home court advantage in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Atlanta Claims Home Court For Celtics Series, Game One Sunday

The Atlanta Hawks finished the season strong, taking seven of their last 10 games, and their reward will be home court advantage in a first-round series against the Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics.

The Hawks (40-26) and Boston (39-27) have faced off in the playoffs only once since 1988, a 2008 series in which an 8th seeded Atlanta pushed the soon-to-be Finals winning Celtics to seven games. This Hawks squad is a good deal more seasoned than that one, but won't have center Al Horford available unless they advance further into the playoffs.

The full series schedule is as follows:

GAME 1 (Sunday, April 29, in Atlanta) - 7 ET (TNT)

GAME 2 (Tuesday, May 2, in Atlanta) - 7:30 ET (NBA TV)

GAME 3 (Friday, May 4, in Boston) - 7:30 ET (ESPN2)

GAME 4 (Sunday, May 6 in Boston) - 7 ET (TNT)

GAME 5 (Tuesday, May 8 in Atlanta) - TBD (TV to be determined)

GAME 6 (Thursday, May 10 in Boston) - TBD (TV to be determined)

GAME 7 (Saturday, May 12 in Atlanta) - TBD (TNT)

For more on the Hawks, visit Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Hawks Final Score: Atlanta Secures Home Court With 106-89 Win Over Dallas

The Atlanta Hawks successfully nailed down home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 106-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks in the regular season finale Thursday night at Philips Arena.

Atlanta jumped out to a 20 point lead in the first quarter and made that hold up for the remainder of the game. The Mavericks cut the lead to just 11 points early in the third but the Hawks responded and cruised home to the victory.

Josh Smith led the way for the Hawks finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Jeff Teague added 17 points and five dimes while Joe Johnson added 15 points. Kirk Hinrich chipped in 12 points while Willie Green and Ivan Johnson finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 22 points and Rodrigue Beaubois added 13 points and six assists. Former Hawks guard Jason Terry chipped in 11 points off the bench. The Mavericks are now locked into the seventh seed and will face Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Hawks Score: Josh Smith Leads Atlanta To 60-44 Halftime Lead

The Atlanta Hawks jumped out to an early lead and hold a 60-44 advantage behind a solid first half from Josh Smith and Joe Johnson.

Atlanta turned a 6-4 deficit into a 22-9 lead with an 18-3 run in the first quarter. Atlanta led 38-21 at the end of the first and were able to hold the Mavericks at bay in the second. The Hawks hit a blistering 57 percent of their shots in the first half while Dallas managed just 40 percent shooting.

Josh Smith leads the way with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists in just 15 minutes of action in the first half. Joe Johnson added 11 points and Jeff Teague has nine points and five assists for Atlanta.

Dirk Nowitzki has 11 points to lead the Mavericks while Rodrigue Beaubois and Jason Terry finished with nine points each.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Hawks: Jason Kidd Sitting Out Tonight's Game In Atlanta

The Dallas Mavericks will rest Jason Kidd tonight in their regular season finale matchup with the Atlanta Hawks. The Mavericks are expected to have all of their remaining players in uniform and available tonight but will be monitoring minutes closely according to coach Rick Carlisle.

"We have a plan for tonight and we'll execute that plan," Carlisle said.

Dallas' playoff position is not guaranteed as of yet but the Mavericks need help from the Minnesota Timberwolves if they are to move into the sixth spot on the last day of the season. The Mavericks need to defeat the Hawks tonight and have the Timberwolves knock off Denver to secure the sixth seed and avoid Oklahoma City in the first round.

The day off for Kidd means that the veteran point guard will have seven full days of rest before the Mavericks open play in the playoffs.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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2012 NBA Playoffs Schedule: League Confirms Hawks-Celtics Sunday Start

The NBA has confirmed an earlier report that the first round playoff series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics will begin on Sunday no matter which team holds home court advantage.

The remaining playoff schedule will be announced following tonight's schedule of games. With a win over the Dallas Mavericks tonight the Atlanta Hawks can secure home court advantage meaning that Sunday's game would take place at Philips Arena. Atlanta can also secure home court if Boston loses its Thursday night matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. A Hawks loss combined with a Boston win however would give the Celtics four home games in the potential seven game series.

For more on the Hawks-Celtics playoff series check out Peachtree Hoops and CelticsBlog. For more news and notes regarding the NBA Playoffs head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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2012 NBA Playoffs Schedule: Hawks-Celtics Series To Begin Sunday, According To Report

According to a report by the New York Times' Howard Beck, the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics will begin their first-round playoff series on Sunday.

The location for Game 1 won't be known until after tonight's games. Atlanta can nail down home court advantage in the first-round of the playoffs with a win over the Dallas Mavericks or a Boston loss to Milwaukee. The Celtics are guaranteed to slide no lower than the fourth seed due to their winning the Atlantic Division but home court is determined by the better record. Atlanta enters play tonight with a one game lead over Boston. The Celtics however hold all of the tiebreakers.

For more on the Hawks-Celtics playoff series check out Peachtree Hoops and CelticsBlog. For more news and notes regarding the NBA Playoffs head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Hawks: Jannero Pargo Game Time Decision With Sore Back

Atlanta Hawks guard Jannero Pargo will be a game-time decision for tonight's regular season finale against the Dallas Mavericks according to a report by the Chris Vivlamore of the AJC.

According to the report, Pargo has been nursing a stiff back and is listed as doubtful but is a game-time decision. Atlanta will also be without the services of Zaza Pachulia and Al Horford for tonight's game against the Mavericks. The Hawks need a win to lock down home court advantage in their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Dallas is rumored to be resting Jason Kidd but will apparently go with its regulars. The Mavericks are currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference but can move up to sixth with a win over the Hawks and a loss by the Denver Nuggets in Minnesota.

For more on this game Hawks fans should visit Peachtree Hoops and Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Hawks Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Hawks can nail down home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs tonight with a victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the regular season finale.

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