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Monta Ellis leads Mavericks past Hornets, 92-81

DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Amare Stoudemire had 14 points in 11 minutes in his Dallas debut in the Mavericks’ 92-81 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.

Stoudemire made his first appearance in an NBA game since Feb. 11. He was signed by Dallas during the All-Star break after his contract was bought out by the New York Knicks.

Mo Williams scored 22 points for the Hornets. Williams, acquired from Minnesota on Feb. 10, also led Charlotte in scoring in his team debut Saturday night, finishing with 28 against Oklahoma City.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams added 15 each for Charlotte. Al Jefferson had a season-high 17 rebounds, but scored only eight points on 4-for-16 shooting.

Dallas’ Richard Jefferson scored 10 points starting in place of Chandler Parsons. Parsons sustained a sprain and bone bruise to his left ankle Friday night and will miss at least three games. He was on the Dallas bench wearing a boot.

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