DALLAS --Wayne Ellington hadn't been feeling his best the past few days. But the Dallas Mavericks' swingman shook off that illness and came up with his best game of the season Monday night against the Orlando Magic.
Ellington tallied a season-high 12 points and grabbed a season-high six rebounds as the Mavs defeated the Magic, 107-88, at American Arlines Center.
It was a banner game for Ellington, who has struggled in his first season with the Mavs and who had missed the past two games with what he calls the flu. Ellington played 21 minutes against Orlando and converted 5-of-8 shots, including 2-of-5 three-pointers.
"It feels good when you get out there and see a couple of shots go in,'' Ellington said. "If anything I wasn't feel that great at all tonight, coming off of being sick.
"But it felt good once I got in there and I was running around a little bit.''
The 12 points scored by Ellington were the most he's tallied since he pumped in 13 at Charlotte on the final game of the regular season last year -- Apr. 17 -- while he was playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Ellington just hopes this starts a trend which will continue when the Mavs (23-16) open a two-game road trip Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I just felt like I can go out there and play my part,'' Ellington said. "I knock down shots -- that what I'm out there to do -- defend and just play basketball and play the way I'm capable of.''
-- Dwain Price
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