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Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki lead Mavericks past Jazz

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The Dallas Mavericks had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 38-81 (46.9%) from the field, including 10-18 (55.6%) from three-point range, to pummel the Utah Jazz, 103-81. Dallas (30-21) is now on a four-game winning streak.

Monta Ellis put up 22 points on 8-17 shooting from the field (1-3 from behind the arc) and 5-6 from the free throw line. Other key players for Dallas included Samuel Dalembert with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Jose Calderon with 12 points and 7 assists. Despite the loss, Marvin Williams scored 21 points for Utah on 8-15 shooting, including 5-8 from behind the arc.

The efficient offense of Dallas (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the top-notch defense of Utah (ranked second in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.14 points per possession. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.67, the Mavericks are 10-4 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Jazz are 1-9 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.

Utah (16-33) has now dropped their last four consecutive games.

Coming up, the Mavericks play the Boston Celtics, who are 18-33 on the season. The Jazz go up against the Miami Heat, currently sitting at 35-13 this year. The Jazz have a 0-1 record against Miami this season.

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