Ellis, Marion lead Mavericks past Cavaliers 102-97

The Dallas Mavericks spent most of Monday afternoon playing as if they had a point to prove. They spent the final minutes barely hanging on for a narrow victory.
The Mavericks squandered nearly all of a 24-point lead before finally subduing the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 102-97 win. What appeared to be an easy day turned into a white-knuckler for Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, whose team bounced back from its worst performance of the season in a home loss to Portland on Saturday.

”We did a good job of holding them off at the end,” Carlisle said. ”We got it done. That’s the bottom line.”

Monta Ellis scored 22 points, Shawn Marion added 18 and the Mavericks had six players in double figures, but the game was in doubt until the final seconds.

Trailing 100-97 with 2.8 seconds remaining, the Cavaliers were called for a five-second violation when Jarrett Jack failed to get the ball inbounds. Ellis put the game away with two free throws with 1.1 seconds left.

Carlisle called Saturday’s loss, in which the Mavericks trailed by 38 points early in the fourth quarter, ”beyond embarrassing.” And while Monday’s game had too much drama, Carlisle was happy to get out of town with a win.

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