Monta Ellis scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks matched a season high with their fourth consecutive victory, 103-81 over the last-place Utah Jazz on Friday night.
All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points while playing only 26½ minutes for the Mavericks, who moved a season-best nine games over. 500 at 30-21. It is only the second time they have been that far above the break-even mark since their 2010-11 NBA championship season.
Even with Utah at full strength, putting its best lineup on the floor and Marvin Williams making four 3-pointers in the game's first 6 minutes, the Jazz lost their fourth game in a row.
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