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Ellis rallies Mavs, forces Game 7 in San Antonio

Dallas, TX ( - The eighth-seeded Mavericks may not knock off the San Antonio Spurs in their first-round Western Conference series, but they are certainly making the team with the best record in the NBA sweat.

Monta Ellis led a fourth-quarter surge and finished with 27 points Friday as Dallas forced a winner-take-all Game 7 in San Antonio with another hard-fought 113-111 victory.

Ellis scored 12 of his 29 points in crunch time, but nearly wiped it all away when he threw an ill-advised pass out of bounds with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Spurs one final look.

Patty Mills' off-balanced shot at the buzzer was well short and came after the clock struck zero, meaning these two longtime postseason mainstays will meet again Sunday with a trip to the second round on the line.

Dirk Nowitzki chimed in with 22 points and Dallas' deep supporting cast came up with big plays down the stretch, notably Shawn Marion and former Spur DeJuan Blair.

Tony Parker netted 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Spurs.

05/02 22:59:50 ET

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