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Ellis racked up 20 points and Rondo added 19 for the Mavericks as they shot 48 per cent from the field to end a five-game winning streak for the Pelicans.

Six players ended in double figures for the free-scoring hosts, with Richard Jefferson scoring 16 points, Dirk Nowitzki finishing with 14 and eight rebounds, while Amar’e Stoudemire and Devin Harris scored 14 apiece.

All-star centre Anthony Davis missed the game with a shoulder injury, but Norris Cole netted 19 points for the Pelicans, who held a 58-55 half-time lead after Eric Gordon???s three-pointer.

The Pelicans closed the gap to six points on three occasions, but Nowitzki???s triple with two minutes left helped to seal the win for Dallas.

In Miami, Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points and Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team as the Heat claimed a 115-98 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Hassan Whiteside finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds before he was ejected during a bad-tempered clash and Dwyane Wade racked up 16 points for the home side.