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Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points as the Dallas Mavericks downed the Atlanta Hawks, 98-88, in preseason action on Wednesday.

Monta Ellis added 15 points for Dallas while Vince Carter and Shawn Marion scored 12 points apiece. DeJuan Blair had 10 rebounds off the bench and rookie Gal Mekel contributed a game-high seven assists.

Dennis Schroder shot 8-for-12 for 21 points as Atlanta lost its fifth straight contest. Mike Scott dropped 19 points and Jared Cunningham chipped in 14 off the bench.

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