Chart-climbing Nowitzki, Ellis lead Mavericks over Wizards

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

On a night when Dirk Nowitzki passed Jerry West to become the NBA’s No. 16 all-time leading scorer, the Dallas Mavericks hopped on Monta Ellis’ back and let him drag them to a 105-95 triumph over the Washington Wizards.

Tuesday’s victory at American Airlines Center pushed the Mavs’ record to 5-3, including 4-0 at home. It’s the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they won their first six games in Dallas, that the Mavs have won as many as four consecutive home games to start a season.

Nowitzki got in a groove and scored 19 points to raise his career total to 25,197, five more than West. Afterward, he paid tribute to one of the game’s all-time greats.

“Jerry is the man, he’s the logo and that says it all,” said Nowitzki, who converted 8 of 19 shot attempts. “It has been a great ride.

“This is my 16th season and hopefully I can pass a couple more guys and win a couple more games and hopefully help this franchise make the playoffs.”

If Ellis can continue playing the way he did Tuesday, the Mavs are a cinch to be in better position to make the playoffs. Not only did Ellis contribute 19 points and seven assists, he also locked in on Bradley Beal and held him to just nine points on 2-of-10 shooting.

“The thing that I was really proud of and happy about tonight with his game was that he was a little frustrated early,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Ellis. “He was getting in the lane, he wasn’t getting calls, but he kept defending Beal.

“Beal’s coming off his career night [of 34 points] two nights ago in Oklahoma City, so defense on Beal was a big part of our game plan and Monta provided it. And then he was patient and disciplined [offensively], and in the fourth when we kind of went to him and he got it going and we rode him and he really helped us finish the game off.”

Of the 17 points the Mavs tallied in the fourth quarter, 10 came from Ellis. He also had four of the six field goals the Mavs converted in the fourth quarter, while being the glue that held the Mavs together when the Wizards chopped a 15-point deficit down to 89-84 with 8:38 left in the game.

“We were struggling during that point and time,” Carlisle said. “We were in the bonus, so wanted to get the ball in his hands.

“He made four or five consecutive shots or drives that gave us momentum, and it helped us get stops at the defensive end.”

Nowitzki and Ellis had help as the Mavs got 16 points from Vince Carter, 15 from Samuel Dalembert, 11 from Jose Calderon and nine points and 11 boards form DeJuan Blair.

On a night that Wayne Ellington was out with a right thigh contusion, the Mavericks shot 48.8 percent from the field and turned 19 Wizard turnovers into 17 points.

Meanwhile, the sellout crowd roared with approval when Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter to pass West on the all-time scoring list.

“It’s a monumental achievement to pass a player like that,” Carlisle said. “He’s going to pass more big names in the weeks and months to come.

“It’s been a fantastic career that Dirk’s had and we’re going to do everything possible to extend it as long as possible.”

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
Texas «5Final | Box
Miami4
Seattle3Final | Box
Philadelphia «4
Toronto «9Final | Box
Milwaukee5
NY Mets «8Final | Box
Oakland5
Houston5Top 9th | Box
NY Yankees2@theBallpark | TV: CSN-HOU, YES
Atlanta2Final | Box
Pittsburgh «3
Arizona2Bottom 9th | Box
Washington2@theBallpark | TV: FSN-AZ, MASN
LA Angels7Bottom 7th | Box
Boston3@theBallpark | TV: FSN-W, NESN, ESPN 2
Detroit «6Final | Box
Tampa Bay0
Cincinnati0Delayed | Box
St. Louis5@theBallpark | TV: FSN-OH, FSN-MW
San Francisco8Top 7th | Box
Chicago Cubs2@theBallpark | TV: CSN-BA, WCIU
Baltimore4Bottom 8th | Box
Chicago WSox3@theBallpark | TV: MASN 2, CSN-CHI
Cleveland3Top 7th | Box
Minnesota0@theBallpark | TV: STO, FSN-N
Kansas City2Top 6th | Box
Colorado1@theBallpark | TV: FSN-KC, ROOT-RM
San Diego0Bottom 1st | Box
Los Angeles0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-SD, SNLA, ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 4Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: NFL Network, KDKA, 6ABC
Friday
Jacksonville 7:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: WXYZ7
Carolina 7:30 PM ET
New England TV: Panthers TV, WBZ
NY Giants 7:30 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS 2
Oakland 8:00 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS
Chicago 10:00 PM ET
Seattle TV: NFL Net, FOX32, Q13FOX
Saturday
Tampa Bay 4:30 PM ET
Buffalo TV: NFL Network, WFLA
Tennessee 7:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: WKRN, CW69
Dallas 7:00 PM ET
Miami TV: KTVT, CBS11, CBS4
Washington 7:30 PM ET
Baltimore TV: NBC4, CSN-DC, WBAL
St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: WKYC
New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: KARE 11, KCTV
Houston 9:00 PM ET
Denver TV: KTRK, KUSA
Sunday
San Diego 4:00 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Cincinnati 8:00 PM ET
Arizona TV: NBC
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, August 20Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard