Monta Ellis scores 22, Mavericks dismantle Bulls

The Dallas Mavericks took quality shots in this one, going 41-78 (52.6%) from the field, including 13-26 (50.0%) from three-point range, in a blowout 105-83 win over the Chicago Bulls. Dallas (17-13) picked up the win after falling to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

Monta Ellis put up 22 points on 9-19 shooting, including 2-6 on 3-point attempts. Other top performers for Dallas were Dirk Nowitzki with 18 points and 5 assists, and Shawn Marion with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Despite the loss, Joakim Noah scored 20 points for Chicago on 8-11 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. He also recorded 10 rebounds. Taj Gibson added 13 points and 5 rebounds and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

The Mavericks combined an eFG% of 60.9% with 50.0% 3-point shooting. They are 7-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Bulls, on the other hand, are winless (0-4) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

Coming up next, the Mavericks square off against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 15-15 on the year. The Bulls match up against the Memphis Grizzlies, currently 13-16 this season. The Mavericks lost their last two meetings with Minnesota.