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Johnson lead Hawks past Mavericks
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DALLAS — Joe Johnson scored 31 points and the Atlanta Hawks ended a streak of five winless trips to Dallas with an 80-75 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night.

Josh Smith added 12 points, and Marvin Williams pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Hawks hand the Mavericks a second consecutive defeat for the first time this season.

Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and nine rebounds, and Jason Terry added 17 points for the Mavericks, who set a season low for points for the second straight night.

Atlanta was clinging to a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter when the Hawks scored eight straight points, capped by Jamal Crawford's 16-footer, for a 74-65 advantage with 7:28 to play.

The Hawks turned up the defense down the stretch, forcing the Mavericks into eight straight missed field goals until Nowitzki's layup with 3:22 left pulled Dallas within 76-73.

Dallas narrowed the gap to 78-75 with 40.4 seconds remaining on Terry's two free throws, and the Mavericks had a chance to get closer after Atlanta's Mike Bibby missed a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining.

The Mavericks tried to get Nowitzki open for a 3-pointer, but Nowitzki committed a turnover when he kicked the ball with 9.8 seconds to play.

Johnson's two free throws with 1.5 seconds left iced the game for the Hawks.

Atlanta had dropped four of its previous six including a 114-107 home loss to the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Dallas was coming off a 98-82 defeat at Memphis on Friday night, shooting a season-worst 35 percent from the floor.

The Hawks were the fresher of the two teams in the early going, connecting on 12 of their first 22 field-goal attempts for a 27-19 edge heading into the second period.

Atlanta led by 13 in the second quarter, but the Mavericks closed with a 13-1 run over the final 7:19 of the first half as Dallas reduced the deficit to 41-40 at the break.

The Hawks went through a stretch of 10:28 in the second and third quarters without a field goal, missing 20 straight shots before a Johnson put-back pulled the Hawks within 48-45.

Johnson scored the final two baskets of the third quarter, the second with 3.2 seconds left, and Atlanta carried a 64-60 lead into the final quarter.

NOTES: Dallas won 11 of the previous 12 home meetings with Atlanta. ... Terry, who was drafted 10th overall by Atlanta in 1999 and played five seasons for the Hawks, started for the first time this season, giving the Mavericks their seventh different starting five. ... Mavericks G Quinton Ross missed his seventh straight game with tightness in his lower back. ... The Hawks went 1-for-6 from the free throw line and shot 5-for-25 from the floor in the second quarter. ... Atlanta held a 20-4 first-half advantage in points in the paint.

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