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Mavs eke out big win in Sacramento

Sacramento, CA ( - Monta Ellis poured in 23 points to keep the Dallas Mavericks' playoff hopes alive with a 93-91 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

Vince Carter scored 17 points and Dirk Nowitzki and Jose Calderon netted 15 and 14 points, respectively for the Mavericks, who have won three straight. Dallas sits one game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies and the Phoenix Suns, who are both in action Sunday, for the seventh-seed in the Western Conference.

Rudy Gay tallied 32 points, eight assists and six rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins totaled 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped two straight.

04/06 20:40:18 ET