SAN ANTONIO -- He didn't get the big championship prize he wanted. But Monta Ellis was excited about his first season with the Dallas Mavericks.
After the Mavs' season ended Sunday with a 119-96 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center, Ellis was more than happy for the experience of being involved in the first Game 7 of his career.
"This felt like a championship game, it was a great experience and everybody was on board,'' Ellis said. "I'm very proud of what we did and what we overcame, playing together as a team.
"We took the best team in the NBA to a dog-fight all the way to the end.''
The Spurs won the best-of-seven series, 4-3. Now it's on to a summer where the Mavs have to address several free agent issues.
But at least the Mavs won't have to worry about Ellis going anywhere, since he signed a three-year, $25 million free agent contract last summer.
"We had a great year,'' Ellis said. "We just have to take some time off and try to game plan to see what we're going to do for next year.
"I think if we keep this team together we're going to make a lot of noise next year.''
-- Dwain Price
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