Atlanta (4-19) at Dallas (15-9)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Dec 18, 2004
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Already with one more home loss than they had all of last season, the Dallas Mavericks host the Atlanta Hawks.

Dallas fell to 7-6 at the American Airlines Center with a 111-107 loss to Golden State on Tuesday, its third straight home loss overall. Last season, the Mavericks went a franchise-record 36-5 at home before losing in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in five games to the Sacramento Kings.

In Tuesday’s loss, Jerry Stackhouse scored 27 points off the bench and Michael Finley added 24 for Dallas, which had won 23 of its previous 25 meetings with Golden State.

“You can’t let games like this become habit,” Finley said. “Teams like this we should dominate. But we gave them confidence and gave them a chance to win.”

Finley made a jumper with 3.2 seconds left on Monday night to give Dallas a 94-93 win at Chicago.

“I guess you don’t get lucky twice in a row,” Dallas coach Don Nelson said after the loss to Golden State. “We deserved to lose this game. We’re fortunate we didn’t lose the last two. We competed and tried but we didn’t have much fuel tonight. This is our third game in four days.”

Dirk Nowitzki may have been fatigued Tuesday. He entered the game averaging a league-leading 27.1 points, but finished with just 13 on 3-of-13 shooting.

Dallas visits New York on Tuesday before playing at Atlanta on Wednesday. The Mavs had won nine straight meetings with the Hawks before a 102-96 loss in Atlanta on Feb. 9.

Atlanta should be the weary team after Friday’s 100-84 home loss to Portland. Rookie Josh Smith matched his career high with 14 points, but the Hawks lost their fourth straight game. All six of his baskets came on dunks, including one that pulled Atlanta within 80-75 with 6:26 left.

“We tried to make a run when we cut it to five, but it wasn’t enough,” Smith said. “We need a couple of wins to give us more confidence. That would really be big for us.”

Former Maverick Antoine Walker, Tony Delk and Kenny Anderson each had 13 points for Atlanta, which shot just 36 percent (32-of-89).

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