It must be pretty refreshing to be part of a team that can finish the season over .500 if you're Monta Ellis. The best part is how he's an active part of his new team's success. Dallas is 13-8 so far, and Ellis is averaging 21.6 points per game. The guard scored 22 points while going 9-of-18 in the Mavericks' win over the conference-leading Trail Blazers. The deadliest ones were point No. 21 and 22; he scored a game-winning jumper to clinch the 108-106. Can't imagine Ellis frowning anytime soon since Dallas will face a lackluster Sacramento next.

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[via Pro Basketball Talk]