Monta Ellis can shoot the basketball. On Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, the 28-year-old guard proved it again. With the game tied at 106 between the Dallas Mavericks and Blazers, the Mavs had possession of the ball with just 1.9 seconds remaining on the clock.
Jose Calderon dished the ball to Ellis on the inbounds pass, who came off two screens to fight the tight defense from Wesley Matthews. In stride, Ellis took one dribble to curl toward the basket and knocked down the 21-foot jump shot, giving his team the 108-106 victory.
“I was born for it,” Ellis said. “I’ve been taking that shot all my life. I love that time of the game, and I’ve hit a couple of game-winners in my career. At that point of the game, you always like to have that confidence to take that last shot, and I got it. I have the ability to make those shots. Coach gave me the ball and I knocked the shot down.”
On the previous possession, Damian Lillard hit a three-pointer of his own to even the score at 106, but left enough time on the clock after Dallas’s timeout for them to pull out the victory.
Ellis finished with 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting, adding 4 assists as well. Lillard had a game-high 32 points, also shooting 9-of-18 from the field and dishing out 5 assists.
Dallas improved to 13-8 on the season while Portland dropped to 17-4.