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Monta Ellis scores 23, Mavericks defeat Pacers

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Monta Ellis scored 23 points and added 9 rebounds and 6 assists in a spectacular all-around effort to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Indiana Pacers, 81-73. Dallas (32-22) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Ellis finished 7-18 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Dirk Nowitzki also chipped in for Dallas, finishing with 18 points and 6 rebounds. On 5-11 shooting, including 3-8 from behind the arc, George Hill scored 14 points for Indiana in the loss. Paul George added 12 points and 7 rebounds and David West finished with 12 points and 6 assists.

The Pacers posted an eFG% of just 36.3%, including 29.2% from 3-point range. This year, they are 3-3 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Mavericks are 6-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.

Indiana (40-12) could not get back-to-back victories after defeating Denver on Monday.

Coming up next, the Mavericks square off against the Miami Heat, who are 36-14 on the year. The Pacers match up with the Atlanta Hawks, currently 25-26 this season. The Mavericks have a 0-1 record against Miami this season. The Pacers are 1-1 versus Atlanta this season.

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