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NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Dallas



(Wednesday, October 30th)

Final Score: Dallas 118, Atlanta 109

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis made an immediate impression on his new fans in Dallas with a 32-point, eight-assist effort in his debut as the Mavericks upended the Atlanta Hawks 118-109 in the season opener Wednesday.

Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting for the Mavericks, who look to return to the postseason after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1999-2000.

Vince Carter dropped 21 points off the bench and Jose Calderon, who played big minutes with backup point guards Devin Harris and Shane Larkin on the shelf with injuries, handed out 11 assists.

"It was a good game," said Calderon. "The team fought for 48. I liked what I saw."

Jeff Teague paced Atlanta with 24 points and nine assists. Free-agent addition Paul Millsap netted 20 in his Hawks debut and Cartier Martin scored 17 points in under 17 minutes off the bench.

"You have to give Dallas a lot of credit tonight," said Hawks' new head coach Mike Budenholzer. "They played well through a lot of stretches and longer than ours. We played well at times, but give them credit for playing better longer."

Dallas used a big third quarter to pull away after trailing 55-53 at intermission. Ellis and Shawn Marion, who went scoreless in the first half, had 10 points apiece in the frame in which the Mavs hit 14-for-20 from the field.

"The way he (Ellis) played in the second half was fantastic," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. "The second half he really did a great job of distributing, scoring, attacking. He played a terrific game."

Nowitzki tied the game with a 19-footer on the opening possession of the second half. It stayed tight until an alley-oop from Calderon to Carter sparked a 12-0 surge. Wayne Ellington sank a triple late in the quarter for a 12-point edge.

Kyle Korver's jumper brought the Hawks to within three with 9:46 left in the fourth, but the former Finals MVP Nowitzki responded with a 3-pointer of his own on an assist from Israeli rookie Gal Mekel.

Not content with a nine-point lead late in the action, Nowitzki hit a pair of outside shots and Ellis drained one of his own on consecutive possessions to eliminate any thoughts of a Hawks' comeback.

The Mavericks jumped out to an early 10-point lead behind Ellis and Nowitzki, who combined for 16 of the first 20 points for the home team. Samuel Dalembert -- who averaged just 16.3 minutes per contest with Milwaukee a season ago -- had the other four.

Martin capped a 7-0 Atlanta run midway through the second quarter which tied the score at 47-47 with 4:44 remaining before the half. Neither team led by more than a basket after that, with Millsap's runner giving the Hawks a two- point halftime advantage.

Game Notes

Recently-hired Mavericks general manager, Gersson Rosas, who took the job on Aug. 1, resigned Tuesday ... The Mavericks have won five of seven against Atlanta ... Ellis had seven of Dallas' 20 turnovers and became the first Maverick to score at least 30 points in a season-opener since Nowitzki in 2009 ... Calderon registered his 500th steal in the first quarter ... Dallas outrebounded the Hawks, 42-33 ... Atlanta hosts Toronto in its home opener on Friday, while Dallas goes on the road to division rival Houston.

10/31 01:53:00 ET

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Dallas654th Qtr | Box
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Miami TNT, FSN-SW, KTXA
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Washington 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Chicago TNT, CSN-WAS, CHI
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Portland 4/20 9:30 PM ET
Houston TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
12th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
6th
CLE 2
TOR 4
 
5th
DET 1
ANA 1
 
6th
NYM 2
ATL 3
 
7th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
5th
PIT 1
MIL 0
 
5th
WAS 0
STL 1
 
5th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
3rd
KAN 0
MIN 2
 
2nd
CHC 0
CIN 0
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
CWS
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
4th
SAN 65
DAL 65
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
 
3:00pm Today
BOS
DET
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
12th
NOR 1
DUR 1