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Ellis, Nowitzki lead Mavs past Pelicans
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis tallied 23 points and eight assists as the Dallas Mavericks routed the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-90, in the front end of a home-and-home from New Orleans Arena.
Dirk Nowitzki paced Dallas with 24 points while Jae Crowder and Jose Calderon added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Mavericks, who improved to 2-0 against the Pelicans this season, will host New Orleans on Saturday.
Eric Gordon shot 9-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the stripe to lead all scorers with 27 points for the Pelicans, who played for the first time this season without Jrue Holiday. Holiday, a 2013 All-Star with Philadelphia, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right tibia and will be sidelined indefinitely. New Orleans is already without sharpshooter Ryan Anderson (neck).
Anthony Davis added 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in the setback, while Austin Rivers made the most of his extended time with 12 points and a team-high four assists.
01/10 22:30:42 ET
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