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Mavericks end Pelicans' win streak

Mar 3, 2015 - 4:42 AM Dallas, TX ( - Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo combined for 39 points as the Dallas Mavericks ended the New Orleans Pelicans' five-game winning streak with a 102-93 victory on Monday.

Ellis scored 20 and Rondo added 19 in a balanced scoring attack for Dallas, which shot 48 percent from the field and snapped a two-game skid.

Richard Jefferson checked in with 16 points, Dirk Nowitzki finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, and Amar'e Stoudemire and Devin Harris netted 14 apiece for the victors.

The Pelicans did not have Anthony Davis, and without the All-Star center, the Mavs won the battle in the paint, 50-24. Dallas also only turned the ball over seven times and forced 13 turnovers.

"The points in the paint certainly hurt us," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said. "I thought we got a bit tired tonight."

Norris Cole led the Pelicans with 19 points, Eric Gordon donated 18 and Tyreke Evans added 17 in a losing effort. Alexis Ajinca recorded the only double- double of the night with 13 points and 12 boards.

Dallas scored half of its points in the paint in the first quarter and led 32-31.

"I think we started off the game the right way with driving and getting to the basket, and the guys off the bench just came in and kept that pace going," Jefferson said.

The Pelicans countered on the perimeter, hitting 9-of-17 from 3-point range in the first half, including a Gordon triple in the final minute that gave them a 58-55 advantage at the break.

Dante Cunningham scored on the opening possession of the third quarter, but the Pelicans missed their next 12 shots. Dallas' subsequent 16-0 run, highlighted by seven points from Jefferson, gave the hosts the lead for good.

Dallas outscored New Orleans 25-13 in the quarter and opened the fourth with seven of the first nine points, with Nowitzki's 3-pointer extending the lead to 87-73.

The Pelicans got as close as six on three occasions, but the Mavs had an answer each time. Another Nowitzki 3 with 2:00 remaining was the nail in the coffin.

Game Notes

Dallas was without Tyson Chandler (ankle) and Chandler Parsons (ankle) ... The Pelicans have lost five straight in Dallas ... New Orleans shot 1-of-4 from 3- point range in the second half.