Just when it looked like the Mavericks were going to be guilty of an unforgivable lack of effort against one of the worst teams in the NBA, Monta Ellis found a zone that he’d not been familiar with for quite some time. The shots started to fall, the defense showed up at a timely moment and the Mavericks overcame another miserable rebounding night to run down the Los Angeles Lakers for a 100-93 victory Sunday night at Staples Center. It wasn’t the prettiest win of the season, but certainly one of the most important as the Mavericks salvaged the finale of a three-game West Coast trip that started with lopsided losses at Portland and Golden State. Ellis kept the Mavericks afloat with 18 third-quarter points, tying his highest scoring quarter of the season. He finished with 31 points. Ellis was asked if he needed a game like this after going through a month when he was shooting under 39 percent from the field and a deplorable 13 percent from 3-point range. “I never lose confidence,” he said. “It’s a long season. There’s 82 games. Sometimes you go through stretches. You just got to stay positive.
Monta Ellis gets hot at right time to will Mavericks to victory over Lakers
Dallas Morning News | Mar 9