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Monta Ellis scored 24 points, including 13 in the third quarter when Dallas took its first lead, and the Mavericks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-94 Monday night.

Vince Carter of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Hollis Thompson of the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Center in Dallas. (Ronald Martinez, Getty Images)

Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion had 20 points apiece for the Mavericks, who began a stretch of seven out of nine games in Dallas. Nowitzki had 10 rebounds, and Marion chipped in seven.

Ellis had 19 points in the second half and added a game-high 10 assists and two of Dallas' 11 blocked shots.

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