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ATLANTA — Attempting to build on back-to-back home wins, the Dallas Mavericks traveled to Atlanta with revenge on their minds Wednesday night.

Looking to avenge a 97-82 home loss against the Hawks when the two teams first matched up this season on Jan. 7, the Mavericks tried to run their winning streak to three. The Mavs also attempted to build momentum before returning to Dallas for the start of a five-game homestand.

Playing without veteran swingman Wesley Matthews (hip injury), Mavs coach Rick Carlisle looked for his team to get off to a fast start with undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith in the first unit at small forward. But with his team off to a slow start, Carlisle quickly made a switch by subbing in new addition Nerlens Noel with 9:55 remaining in the opening quarter. Still, after seeing the Mavericks slip into a 9-4 hole, the coach was forced to burn an early timeout with 7:24 left in the period.

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Friday night, hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis leads the season series 1-0 after an 80-64 win in Dallas on Nov. 18. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:
Wesley Matthews (hip injury) — out
J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

Dallas Mavericks

TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    4 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 4   2-8 0-3 0-0
                        25.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Atlanta Hawks

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Thabo Sefolosha, F 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 0-0 0-0 0-0
Paul Millsap, F 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 1-2 0-0 0-0
Dwight Howard, C 4 5 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 1 5 2-2 0-0 1-2
Kent Bazemore, G 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1-2 0-0 0-0
Dennis Schroder, G 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 0-0 0-0 0-0
DeAndre’ Bembry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Malcolm Delaney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Tim Hardaway Jr. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Kris Humphries 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Ersan Ilyasova 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Ryan Kelly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Mike Muscala 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Taurean Prince 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Mike Dunleavy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0

TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    9 3 0 1 5 5 0 2 1   4-6 0-0 1-2
                        66.7% 0.0% 50.0%


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ATLANTA — Taking the court minus their top perimeter defender Wednesday night in a rematch against the Atlanta Hawks,  the Dallas Mavericks will turn to one of their young contributors to help shoulder the load without swingman Wesley Matthews.

Traveling to Atlanta without Matthews as he gets a hip injury checked out, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle will slide undrafted rookie Dorian Finney-Smith back into the starting lineup in the veteran’s place at small forward. The Mavericks (24-35) will also attempt to make up for Matthews’ contributions on both ends of the court as a team, looking to replace the sharpshooter’s 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists an outing. And although Carlisle hopes Matthews isn’t forced to miss too much time, the team will monitor the defensive specialist’s health closely after he also missed two games in January with the same injury.

“Well, he went out of the game (on Monday) in the first half, ’cause he was feeling some discomfort. He went back and got worked on, and he decided he wanted to go back in. He was feeling a little bit better, and then after the game and yesterday morning he was just feeling it a little bit,” Carlisle said following the team’s Wednesday morning shootaround while giving an update on Matthews’ status. “He was left back to get looked at by the doctor today and maybe to get a diagnostic test on it. We’re hoping that it’s not serious. We don’t think it’s serious, but we’re getting it checked out.”

Sliding back into the first unit, Finney-Smith will now try to take Matthews’ advice and play aggressively in the veteran’s place.

The former Florida standout has made 58 appearances this season, starting 29 times after going untaken in last June’s draft. Finney-Smith is also averaging 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from three-point range. Now, with the Mavericks eager to avenge a 97-82 loss to the Hawks (33-26) in Dallas on Jan. 7, the first-year standout says he’ll be ready to contribute Wednesday night as his team tries to remain afloat in the heated Western Conference playoff race.

“I’m just trying to get a win,” Finney-Smith proclaimed. “You know, we’re chasing something, and I’m just trying to do anything to help this team win. I’ll just try to be myself out there tonight.

“[Matthews] told me to just be a hungry dog,” he added. “You know, he tells me every time he feels like I’m getting complacent, so he just told me to come out here and be hungry, and be that dog on the court.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Atlanta, facing the Hawks on the road Wednesday night. Atlanta leads the season series 1-0 after a 97-82 win in Dallas on Jan. 7. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Friday night, hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis leads the season series 1-0 after an 80-64 win in Dallas on Nov. 18. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:
Wesley Matthews (hip injury) — out
J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

ATLANTA — Collecting consecutive wins on their home floor to inch back into playoff contention, the Dallas Mavericks will now attempt to avenge one of their most disappointing displays this season Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Sprinting to a 96-83 win over New Orleans on Saturday, the Mavericks (24-35) then staged a 12-0 run to end Monday night’s 96-89 victory over Miami. The Mavs will now try to carry that momentum over to Wednesday’s matchup against the Hawks (33-26), looking to avenge a 97-82 defeat on their home hardwood back on Jan. 7. Meanwhile, the Mavericks will find themselves minus two of their top contributors, continuing to play without reserve guard J.J. Barea (left calf strain) and down defensive specialist Wesley Matthews (hip injury). Still, after pulling just 2 1/2 games behind Denver in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Mavs will look to continue their ascension up the standings with a signature road win.

“We’re just having fun playing basketball right now as a team,” combo guard Seth Curry said after leading the way to Monday’s win with 29 points on 10 of 17 from the field and 5-of-7 shooting from behind the three-point line. “Everybody is getting an opportunity, we’re playing together, and you can tell out there that everybody is bringing a lot of energy and playing hard.”

Mavs leading scorer Harrison Barnes led the way in a losing effort with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting during the first meeting between the two teams, trying to put the Dallas squad on his broad shoulders. However, sharpshooter Tim Hardaway Jr. led five Hawks in double figures at the other end of the court, scoring 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 5 of 8 from three-point range off the bench.

The Hawks also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 40.5 percent to 39 percent, adding a 47-41 rebounding advantage behind center Dwight Howard’s monster 20 boards. And with the Hawks currently sitting as the fifth seed in the East, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his team will face another stiff challenge Wednesday night.

“It was a game where we just couldn’t quite get over the hump,” Carlisle confessed while summarizing that January loss. “I mean, we had the lead in the first half. But once they got the lead, it was uphill. We’ve got to do everything possible to play from in front.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Atlanta, facing the Hawks on the road Wednesday night. Atlanta leads the season series 1-0 after a 97-82 win in Dallas on Jan. 7. The game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor on Friday night, hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis leads the season series 1-0 after an 80-64 win in Dallas on Nov. 18. That game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:
Wesley Matthews (hip injury) — out
J.J. Barea (left calf strain) — out

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