The Milwaukee Bucks were tired of losing close games. They just needed somebody to step up and slam the door.
Tuesday night in Dallas, Monta Ellis did just that. Playing point guard down the stretch, Ellis put together one of his best performances of the season on both ends of the court.
Scoring 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Ellis added nine assists and six steals to help Milwaukee snap its three-game losing streak with a 95-90 win over the Mavericks.
"Monta was incredible, pretty much all night long," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "He was all over the floor. Some of the steals he had were amazing. There aren't many guys that can do that. The energy he played with, that was the difference in the game for us."
With Dallas up, 88-83, with 3:13 to go, Ellis scored seven of Milwaukee's next nine points, including what turned out to be the game-winning jumper with 1:02 to go, breaking a 90-90 tie at the time.
"I just took what the defense gave me," Ellis said. "They kept...