CHICAGO -- Key buckets by Monta Ellis helped the Dallas Mavericks cut short any attempt of a Chicago Bulls' comeback Saturday night at the United Center.
The Mavs led 86-54 late in the third quarter, and then held off the Bulls and won convincingly, 105-83.
Chicago (11-17) crawled within 86-72 miway through the fourth quarter and finally got the crowd into the game. But Vince Carter scored on a drive and Ellis followed with a jumper to put the Mavs ahead 90-72.
The Bulls managed to get within 14 points again (95-81), only to see Brandan Wright score, Ellis drain a jumper over Joakim Noah, and Dirk Nowitzki fire in a three-pointer to pad the Mavs' lead to 102-81 with 2:17 left.
"Monta the guy that answered just about ewvery one of their runs with either a dsirve, or a pull-up mid-range shot or a three,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "Dirk hit the one big three towards the end.
"But during the game Monta hit about three or four of those when they were starting to get a little momentum going offensively that really helpd us. And he did a really good job defensively tonight.''
Ellis finished the night with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting.
-- Dwain Price
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