Monta Ellis got the best of his former team, shaking off boos from the crowd while contributing 18 points and five assists as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Milwaukee Bucks 91-83 on Saturday night.
Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and Shawn Marion added 14 for the Mavericks, who blew a big first-half lead with sloppy offensive play but managed to hang on in the fourth quarter.
O.J. Mayo had 28 points and Caron Butler added 19 for the Bucks, who were playing their second straight game without forward Larry Sanders. Mayo also was facing his former team.
It was the first time back since leaving Milwaukee for Ellis, who signed with Dallas as a free agent in the offseason after playing for the Bucks last season and a portion of the 2011-12 season.
Ellis, whose time in Milwaukee was marked by inconsistency and an inability to meld with then-fellow Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, was booed during pregame introductions and again whenever he touched the ball early in the game. He declined to...