Ellis hits winner and Mavs beat Blazers 108-106

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 12:52 am •  Published: December 8, 2013
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — On Saturday morning, the Trail Blazers added a play designed for Monta Ellis.

It worked to perfection Saturday night.

Ellis drained 21-foot jumper with no time left on the clock and Dallas snapped the Portland's four-game winning streak with a 108-106 victory. The game-winner came on an inbounds pass from Jose Calderon.

"Calderon, we were walking out, we made eye contact and I told him, 'Give me the ball, I'm ready for it,'" Ellis said. "He gave it to me and I came off and hit the shot."

Ellis finished with 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 28, along with a season-high seven assists, for the Mavericks' third straight win.

Damian Lillard had a season-high 32 points for the Blazers, including a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left that tied it at 106.

It was just the second loss at home this season for the red-hot Blazers (17-4), who lead the Western Conference and are off to their best start since the 1990-91 season.

"It's all a part of it," Lillard said. "Sometimes you just lose games."

Lillard's 3-pointer closed Portland within 89-91 and he added another to tie it with 3:58 left. But Nowitzki made two jumpers to keep the Blazers from taking the lead.

The Blazers tied it again after Robin Lopez's hook shot and Nicolas Batum's free throws. But again Nowitzki answered with a 3-point play. After Batum's short jumper, Ellis made a 3-pointer from the corner to give Dallas a 104-100 lead with 1:40 left. He added a fadeaway with 45.9 to go.

Batum made a falling-down 3-pointer to pull the Blazers within 106-103 before Lillard's 3 tied it.

"With the players they had on the court — you've got Vince Carter who can get his shot, you've got Dirk Nowitzki who can get his shot, you've got Ellis who can get his shot — it's hard to predict what they're going to do," Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. "We just wanted to stay as tight as we could."

But in the end, it was Ellis, who was acquired by the Mavs as a free agent in the offseason. He said the play was just put in Saturday and "came in handy."

"At that point of the game, you always like to have the confidence to take that last shot, and I got it," he said. "And I have the ability to make those shots. Coach gave me the ball and I knocked the shot down."



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