DALLAS -- In an odd twist after Monday's gut-check 97-94 win over Philadelphia, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki stood in front of his locker and was gleefully describing Monta Ellis' scoring prowess. But he very well could have been describing himself.
Ellis poured in a team-high 24 points against the Sixers, meaning he has scored at least 18 points in all 11 Mavs' games this season. In essence, Ellis has been busy ringing up the scoring machine the way Mavs fans have been accustomed to Nowitzki doing it over the past 15 seasons.
And no one is more prouder that Ellis is there to offer a helping hand than Nowitzki.
"We know we can rely on him for 20-plus (points) every night and that’s obviously a luxury to have,'' Nowitzki said in describing Ellis. "He can score in bunches, he’s so quick, he’s always attacking.
"If you relax one second, one quick second, one quick dribble and he’s at the rim laying it in, so he’s just constantly looking to attack. And if it’s not there, he find the shooters, or find the rollers. He’s been great scoring and making plays for his teammates.''\
-- Dwain Price
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