DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki played eight seasons with Jason Terry before the latter signed a free agent contract with the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2012.
The two won an NBA championship together in 2011 and also became fast friends.
Now, the new shooting guard on the Mavs' block who has essentially replaced Terry is Monta Ellis. And in Wednesday's 118-109 regular season opening win over the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Center, Ellis showed that his shooting touch is just as lethal as Terry's.
"Well, Jet is a little bit of a different player,'' Nowitzki said. "Jet's a great shooter, but Monta is so explosive off the pick-and-roll.
"If the (power forward) or (center) that's guarding me shows a little late, he's usually getting around them and getting to the basket and making all kinds of stuff happen for us.''
Ellis wound up with 32 points, eight assists and two steals. Those were the most points ever scored by a player in his first game with the Mavs.
-- Dwain Price
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