CHICAGO – The Dallas Mavericks didn’t think they were going to have an easy time at the United Center on Saturday night. But they did.
Monta Ellis scored 22 points and the Mavs opened a three-game road trip by breezing to a relatively easy 105-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls. The Mavs are now 17-13 going into Monday’s game in Minnesota.
Other than a brief rally by the Bulls early in the fourth quarter when the Mavs missed their first seven shots and Chicago got within 86-72, Dallas was in complete control of this game.
The Mavs led 61-34 at the half and by as much as 32 points (86-54) when Vince Carter scored late in the third quarter.
Other than Ellis, the Mavs got 18 points apiece from Dirk Nowitzki and Carter, and 14 points and 13 rebounds from Shawn Marion.
Joakim Noah led the Bulls (11-17) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson each tallied 13 points.
-- Dwain Price
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