MINNEAPOLIS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis didn't exactly light up the Target Center scoreboard Monday night.
However, he was able to turn to other areas of his overall game and help the Mavs upend the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-98.
Ellis missed all six of his field goal attempts in the fourth quarter. But he also had two of his 10 assists and one of his two steals in the final 12 minutes when the game got tense and the action got swift.
In addition, Ellis had the ball in his hands and directed the Mavs' offense for the majority of the fourth quarter when the game was still there for the taking.
"Ellis had a tough shooting night, but he had 10 assists,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "He did a great job penetrating and making great passes.
"He is going to be in that situation a lot and he knows that. Off shooting nights happen, but he's never going to lose his aggression and that's what I love about him.''
Ellis, who registered his fifth double-digit assist game of the season, wound up with just nine points on 3-of-14 shooting. But he knows he won't have an exceptional shooting night every time he comes to the office.
“All the shots I was taking were great looks, they just weren’t falling,’’ Ellis said. “When it’s going down like that and it’s not going down, there are other parts to my game that I can go to for this team, so I just had to use that tonight.''
-- Dwain Price
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