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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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Portland FSN-PT, KGW
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
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 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
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CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
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MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
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COL
 
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LOS
 
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BRK 98
NYK 109
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LAC 117
DEN 105
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CHA
CHI
 
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ORL
IND
 
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MIL
ATL
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
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NOP
HOU
 
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SAN
LAL
 
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PHI
 
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TOR
 
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UTA
 
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BOS
WAS
 
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DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR