Tossed for Temper

Coach Carlisle blows up during Hawks game

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle let his temper get the better of him during Thursday nights Mavericks game against the Hawks.

Carlisle was tossed from the game in the second quarter after he picked up two technical fouls for arguing with the referee.

Joe Johnson scored 24 points, and reserve Flip Murray had 19 in the Atlanta Hawks' seventh straight victory, 95-87 over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

The Hawks moved four games ahead of fifth-place Miami in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Dallas, which has lost three of four to drop 1½ behind seventh-place Utah in the Western Conference, but the Mavericks are still 3½ ahead of Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas, which was without two starters, swingman Josh Howard, who has a sore left ankle, and forward Erick Dampier, who has a swollen left knee and missed his first game of the season.

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