DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis struggled with his shot for most of the game. His big 2-minute outburst in the fourth quarter Tuesday night is all that really mattered for the Dallas Mavericks.
Ellis scored 10 consecutive points on five shots after coming back on the floor, two of them after making steals. That helped the Mavericks avoid their longest home losing streak in 14 years with a 110-97 victory over the slumping and injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers, who lost for the eighth time in nine games.
"Monta had a rough game to that point offensively, although he had quite a few assists," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We needed a spark, he made plays. ... That spurt, that got us the win."
Ellis, who finished with 16 points and nine assists, was 2-of-11 shooting before his five baskets in a row stretched the Dallas lead from eight to 13 with 5:44 left. He then had assists on the next two Mavericks baskets.
"I stayed with it," Ellis said. "I kept attacking the basket and kept taking my shot, and eventually they started going down."
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points to lead the Mavericks, who had lost four in a row at home. They hadn't won in their own arena since beating Memphis the week before Christmas.
The last time Dallas lost more than four straight at home was a six-game slide that ended in January 2000, not long before Mark Cuban bought the team.
"I actually looked for us to play a lot better from start to finish. It just didn't go that way," Carlisle said. "It just was a struggling night."
Still, the Mavericks shot 53 percent from the field and had 32 assist on 48 baskets. They had 17 steals and 12 turnovers.
Mav forward Shawn Marion, who started after being questionable because of ankle and Achilles issues, left with a bruised right shoulder after a hard fall just before halftime after he got tangled up with Pau Gasol and tripped over Nowitzki. X-rays were negative, but Marion won't travel with the team for Wednesday night's game at San Antonio.
"He's banged up," Carlisle said "He's played hurt plenty of times, but he took a bad fall."