The Hawks and Toronto Raptors (0-8) are the only remaining winless teams in the NBA.
Atlanta, which averages just 88.9 points per game, is in the middle of a three-game road trip that began against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
The youthful Hawks jumped out to a 13-point first quarter lead, but couldn’t hold on as they were beaten 103-79 at the SBC Center.
Al Harrington led Atlanta with a season-high 23 points and nine rebounds. He scored the Hawks’ first 14 points and shot 10-for-15 in the first quarter before cooling off in the second half.
The Hawks, who lost to Memphis on a last-second putback Saturday, dropped their seventh straight. Yet coach Mike Woodson believes the team’s first victory is close at hand.
“Sometimes it’s like we are our own worst enemy,” Woodson said. “We have stretches where we don’t shoot. We don’t defend. If we play the way I know we can play for 48 minutes, then we can compete.”
Dallas has won three straight and is coming off an 83-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and DeSagana Diop blocked a layup attempt by Carmelo Anthony with 2.9 seconds left, helping the Mavericks overcome a 19-point deficit.
Diop set career highs with 16 rebounds and six blocks, providing the energy boost Dallas needed to open a four-game homestand .
Diop has been steady since signing as a free agent this summer from Cleveland, where he never lived up to the expectations of a top-10 draft pick. Losing about 60 pounds has been a major factor in his emergence this season.
“This is the most fun I’ve ever had in the league,” Diop said. “Being on the floor when the game’s on the line is great.”
STANDINGS (through Nov. 16): Hawks - 5th place, 5 GB, Southeast Division. Mavericks - 2nd place (tied), 1/2 GB, Southwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Hawks - Johnson, 18.4 ppg and 5.3 apg; Pachulia, 8.7 rpg. Mavericks - Nowitzki, 25.7 ppg and 8.3 rpg; Terry, 4 apg.
2004-2005 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 22, 2004; Hawks, 113-100. At Atlanta, Childress and Josh Smith combined for 30 points to help the Hawks beat the Mavs for the third time in the last four meetings.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hawks - 0-4 on the road; Mavericks - 2-0 at home.