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Ellis, Mavs edge Cavs

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Monta Ellis deposited 22 points with eight assists and the Dallas Mavericks edged the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-97 on Monday.

Shawn Marion scored 18 points and Dirk Nowitzki added a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double to help the Mavericks beat the Cavaliers for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. DeJuan Blair and Brandan Wright added 13 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench in the win.

Kyrie Irving contributed 26 points and nine assists in the losing effort, while Anderson Varejao scored 18 points and ripped down 21 rebounds. Luol Deng finished with 20 points in his first game as a Cav in Cleveland and Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 10 boards.

Irving scored 16 points in the third quarter on 6-of-9 shooting to help the Cavs trim their 22-point halftime deficit to 10, 75-65, but Wright made two dunks around a Varejao free throw to stake the Mavs to a 13-point advantage after three.

Cleveland scored 11 straight points early in the fourth to cut the deficit to 85-79 with 7:11 remaining. Ellis quickly countered at the other end with a mid-range jumper to push the lead back to eight, but Thompson and Irving made back-to-back shots minutes later and the Cavs trailed 87-84 with 4:41 to play.

The two teams traded baskets over the next couple of possessions with Deng hitting a 3 to make it a two-point game. Ellis answered the call once again with a driving layup and a pair of free throws around a Deng free throw to keep Dallas in front 95-90 with 2:22 left.

Ellis followed with a steal from Deng and threw it up to Marion, who finished with a layup to increase the cushion.

With a three-point lead, Dallas was sent to the line to secure the win when Ellis, who is shooting 80 percent from the stripe this season, missed both attempts to keep the door open for Cleveland with 2.8 seconds left.

The Cavs, though, committed a five-second inbound turnover as Jarrett Jack couldn't find anyone on the ensuing possession and Ellis made amends by knocking down two free throws to help the Mavs withstand Cleveland's furious comeback effort.

"It's the NBA. It's supposed to get hairy," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle admitted. "I'd love us to hit every shot and get every stop but when you're on the road, teams battle back if they get behind."

Earlier, Deng hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 21-21 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the first and the Mavs outscored the Cavs 9-2 in the final minutes to take a 30-23 lead into the second quarter.

Blair scored five points during the sequence, including a reverse layup, then made a free throw to complete the three-point play.

The Mavs opened up the second frame on an 8-0 run to add to their cushion as Blair scored the final six points to help Dallas to a 38-23 lead just 3:17 into the quarter.

Dallas' lead swelled to as many as 24 in the second as it ended the final 2:43 of the quarter on a 12-4 run to lead 59-37 at the break.

"Tale of two halves," said Thompson. "You can never win the game in the first half, but you can definitely put yourself in a hole and it can cost you the game."

Game Notes

Jose Calderon scored 11 points with six assists in the win ... The Dallas bench outscored Cleveland's reserves 33-8 ... Cleveland outrebounded Dallas 46-39 ... The Mavs were 4-for-20 (20 percent) from beyond the arc, while Cleveland went 5-of-23 (21.7 percent).

01/20 17:39:29 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
8th
CHC 5
ARI 2
 
6th
COL 6
SFG 5
 
5th
OAK 0
TEX 2
 
5th
SEA 0
HOU 2
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
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CLE
KAN
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WAS
ANA
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TOR
BAL
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
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TAM
MIN
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BOS
NYY
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NYM
STL
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1