Final Score: Dallas 122, Denver 106
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis scored 14 of his 26 points in the
final quarter and dished out seven assists, and Dallas used a late burst to
pull away for a 122-106 win over the Denver Nuggets.
Ellis went 6-for-6 from the field in the fourth quarter, as Dallas, which shot
14-of-19 in the period, beat Denver for the first time in four meetings this
"He's always going to be aggressive and he's always going to be in an
attacking mode," Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle said of Ellis. "The thing we
have to do as a team, and me as a coach, we just have to get him in the best
Dirk Nowitzki tallied 21 points for the Mavericks, who are in a fight with
Memphis and Phoenix for the final two playoff spots in the West. Dallas is
seventh in the conference, a game in front of the Grizzlies.
Shawn Marion scored 14, while Vince Carter and Brandan Wright each added 13
for the winners. Jae Crowder scored 12 for the Mavs, who have won four of
their last five games.
Ty Lawson had 17 points and nine assists, but also committed seven of Denver's
16 turnovers. J.J. Hickson scored 18 to pace the Nuggets, who had won four of
their previous five contests.
A 3-pointer and dunk, both from Darrell Arthur, pulled the visitors within
99-96 with 6:29 remaining. After Lawson's 1-of-2 showing at the foul line had
Denver within 101-97, the Mavs embarked on a 21-6 run. Marion highlighted the
burst by barely beating the shot clock for a dunk and a double-digit cushion.
Marion's running bank shot moved the margin to 121-103 with 1:17 remaining.
"I thought we had a lot of shots that we missed," Arthur admitted. "I have to
give credit to their defense. They stepped their defense up today and made us
Denver led 29-26 after 12 minutes, but Crowder scored 12 in the second to
boost the Mavs to a 61-53 lead at halftime. The hosts were ahead 90-78 going
to the fourth.
Samuel Dalembert had 10 rebounds for the Mavs, who shot 53.9 percent from the
field, including 12-of-22 from 3-point range ... Randy Foye had 15 points for
Denver, which was 13-of-30 from beyond the arc.
03/22 01:43:54 ET
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