Ellis scores 21 points to lead Mavericks past Kings 101-78

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Monta Ellis had 21 points and six assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the struggling Sacramento Kings 101-78 on Thursday night.

The Mavericks broke open a tie game in the second quarter when they made nine straight shots, including four 3-pointers, in a 3½-minute span as they outscored the Kings 22-6. Dallas had a 37-20 edge in the second to take a 60-43 halftime lead.

Tyson Chandler had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Mavericks. Devin Harris and J.J. Barea each scored 15 points, and Richard Jefferson added 14.

DeMarcus Cousin had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost two straight and 10 of 11.

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