Mavericks shoot well, blow past Bulls

Updated: December 28, 2013

Chicago, IL ( – Monta Ellis had 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki and
Vince Carter scored 18 apiece and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 105-83 win
over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

Nowitzki made all four of his 3-pointers and the Mavericks were 13-for-26 as a
team while shooting better than 52 percent overall. They won for the second
time in their last five games.

Joakim Noah had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who had a two-game
winning streak snapped — their only back-to-back wins since losing Derrick
Rose to another knee injury on Nov. 22.

Bulls leading scorer Luol Deng (Achilles) missed his fourth straight game.

The Mavericks outscored the Bulls 61-34 in the first half.

Chicago led 17-15 with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter but Dallas used
an extended 24-4 run spanning the first two frames to take control of the

Carter and Ellis scored six apiece in the surge, Nowitzki had a four-point
play and Shane Larkin’s 3-pointer made it 39-21 about three minutes into the
second quarter.

“They are a terrific offensive team,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, “so if
they get their confidence early, you’re in for a tough night.”

Dallas’ lead reached 29 twice near the end of the half, the first time on a
Nowitzki jumper. Carter led all players with 14 points in the half, hitting
four of his five shots, including a trio of 3s.

Already in control, the Mavs got hot in the third quarter, shooting almost 69
percent and pushing their lead as high as 32. It was 86-56 going into the
fourth and the Bulls never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Chicago had won four of its last five against Dallas … Shawn Marion had 14
points and 13 rebounds for the Mavs … Both teams play on the road Monday.
The Mavericks will face Minnesota and the Bulls will play Memphis.