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DALLAS (AP) The star of Rajon Rondo's debut with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night was Monta Ellis - the teammate whom the Mavericks hope helps Rondo form a lethal backcourt combination that will make them championship contenders.
Ellis equaled his season high with 38 points, including 11 during the final four minutes, as the Mavericks rallied late to beat the depleted San Antonio Spurs 99-93. Ellis broke a 93-93 tie with a driving basket with 1:48 to play to give Dallas the lead for good. He hit 15-of-23 from the field and made four steals.
The Spurs dropped their fourth straight, including three-overtime games on Wednesday and Friday.