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Monta Ellis scores 23, Mavericks easily get past Pelicans

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The Dallas Mavericks had an impressive game shooting the ball, finishing 41-79 (51.9%) from the field, including 10-22 (45.5%) from beyond the arc, to pummel the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-89. Dallas (36-23) is now on a four-game winning streak.

Monta Ellis put up 23 points on 8-18 shooting from the field (1-3 from behind the arc) and 6-6 from the free throw line. He also recorded 4 rebounds. Other top performers for Dallas were Dirk Nowitzki with 18 points and 5 rebounds, and Shawn Marion with 10 points and 8 rebounds. On 7-11 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc, Eric Gordon scored 19 points for New Orleans in the loss.

In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-powered offense of Dallas (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of New Orleans (ranked fifth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.19 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 58.2%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 45.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 13-4 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Pelicans are winless (0-9) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

New Orleans (23-34) has now lost five straight games.

Coming up, the Mavericks play the Chicago Bulls, who are 31-26 on the season. The Pelicans go up against the Phoenix Suns, currently sitting at 33-23 this year. The Mavericks have a 1-0 record against Chicago this season. The Pelicans have lost their last two meetings with Phoenix.


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