Mavs Survive Pels; Who Deserves 'The Dirkie'?

'Coach put the ball in my hands and my teammates have confidence in me to make plays around this time,' said Monta Ellis of the fourth quarter in Dallas' 112-107 Wednesday win over New Orleans. 'I was looking to make plays and tonight I had it going in the fourth quarter.' Monta 'having it going' puts him on the list of 'Dirkie' finalists. You vote!

An NBA schedule doesn't give a club much time to brood over setbacks; endure a wringer in Memphis, hop a flight home, and there's company already waiting for you.

Wednesday it was the New Orleans Pelicans, looking to end a long, long stretch of futility against Our Dallas Mavericks. Another divisional match-up -- with the Southwest as absurdly stacked as it is, New Orleans is somehow cellar-dwelling with a .500 record. But ambitions are being nurtured there, with Anthony Davis having an outstanding year so far. Those ambitions looked like they might get some more nurturing, when the Pels caught Dallas sitting down for an early moment and put together a 36-point second quarter. The Mavericks offense found its stride after the half, and the lead teetered back and forth, back and forth. In the end, The Brow and Co folded, missing the tying three and throwing their final possession away. Mavs win, 112-107.

Monta scored 13 of his 26 points in the final five minutes and was one of four Mavs -- joining Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris -- who scored 20 points.

If you look closely, this Dirkie is crushing Those Brows under his jumping foot. The winner might find that amusing. Who's it gonna be? Vote here for Player of the Game, from these candidates!

Monta Ellis -- Mega Monta, 26 points, 4 boards, 5 dimes
Devin Harris -- uplifted everybody, scores 20 for self
Chandler Parsons -- more of that please! 20 points with a sore back
Dirk Nowitzki -- 20 and 6, plus a steal
Tyson Chandler -- gimme 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
Richard Jefferson -- 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Brandan Wright -- kaBOOM! 5 points
Al-Farouq Aminu -- 3 points, 2 rebounds, pestering
JJ Barea -- step up for Jameer, 2 points, 2 rebounds and a dime

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