Monta Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, to spark a late rally as the Dallas Mavericks beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs, 99-93, Saturday in Rajon Rondo's debut with the Mavericks.
Ellis broke a 91-91 tie with a basket from the right corner that sailed over the corner of the backboard to give Dallas the lead for good.
Rondo, the four-time all-star who played his first eight-plus seasons with the Boston Celtics, finished with six points on 3-for-11 shooting. He had nine assists and seven rebounds. Acquired in a multi-player trade Thursday, he went into the game leading the league averaging 10.8 assists.
Marco Belinelli led San Antonio with 21 points. Aron Baynes added a career-high 16 points.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dressed 10 players and played only eight after his team played triple-overtime games on Wednesday and Friday. It was the first time a team has played consecutive triple-overtime games since the Baltimore Bullets did so in December 1951.
Veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, who logged 90 and 71 minutes, respectively, in those two games, were left home. Danny Green and Tiago Splitter dressed but didn't play.
Hawks 104, Rockets 97 - Kyle Korver scored 22 points, including seven points late, to help visiting Atlanta hold on.
The game was tied with three minutes left before Atlanta used a 7-0 run to make it 97-90 with just under a minute to go. Korver hit one of his four three-pointers during that run.
Atlanta made seven free throws down the stretch, with four from Korver, to secure the victory.
Suns 99, Knicks 90 - Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points, and Phoenix beat host New York.
Markieff Morris added 19 points for the Suns, who won their second straight after a six-game skid.
Carmelo Anthony had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and are 5-24. That's the most losses in the NBA.
- Associated Press