Saturday, April 2, 2011
Monta Ellis is hot, but Mavericks lead
By Tim MacMahon
OAKLAND -- The switch in the starting lineup didn't serve its purpose.
Monta Ellis lit up the Mavs in the first quarter anyway.
Ellis scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, although most of his damage didn't come against DeShawn Stevenson, who started specifically to match up with the Warriors' leading scorer. Ellis got a couple of fast-break buckets, drilled a 3-pointer when Jason Kidd had to pick him up in transition and had a pair of buckets after Stevenson went to the bench, including a pretty scoop in traffic after beating Shawn Marion off the dribble.
But Ellis' hot hand wasn't enough for the Warriors to lead at the end of the quarter. The Mavs took a 29-28 lead on J.J. Barea's and-1 on their last possession.
Jason Terry, who had a terrible game before getting tossed in Thursday's loss to the Lakers, is in an early groove. He has seven points, matching Dirk Nowitzki.