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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against Cartier Martin #20 of the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Center on October 23, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Shawn Marion of the Mavericks dribbles the ball against Cartier Martin of the Atlanta Hawks. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points, Monta Ellis added 15 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-88 in a preseason game Wednesday night.

Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver sat out the preseason finale for the Hawks (1-6). Horford stayed home with a sore hamstring, and Korver was out for personal reasons.

With the top three returning scorers out, Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 21 points and Mike Scott scored 19.

Like their visit to Houston to face Dwight Howard on Monday, the Mavericks (4-3) had something resembling a dress rehearsal with Nowitzki, Ellis and Jose Calderon playing together in front of the home crowd for the first time.

The Mavericks finish the preseason Friday night against Indiana before playing the Hawks again in the season opener next Wednesday.

Vince Carter and Jae Crowder had 3-pointers in an 8-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to put Dallas up 79-69. The Hawks got within five in the fourth before Crowder hit another 3 to push the lead back to 11 in the last 2 minutes.

Nowitzki, Ellis and Calderon all played more than 20 minutes for the second straight game, and were all on the court with Dallas nursing a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Nowitzki, who was ejected for a flagrant foul late in the third quarter against the Rockets, was 7 of 17 from the field and 1 of 6 from 3-point range.

Ellis had five assists and was 5 of 13 from the field after scoring eight points on 3-of-13 shooting against Houston.

Atlanta’s Elton Brand had seven points and six rebounds in his return to Dallas after playing 72 games with 18 starts in his only season with the Mavericks. Jared Cunningham, a first-round pick acquired by Dallas in 2012 and traded to the Hawks on draft night this year, scored 14.

Devin Harris, who spent last season with the Hawks, is back in Dallas after starting his career with the Mavericks nine years ago. He won’t see the Hawks early in the season while he recovers from offseason toe surgery.

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