Monta Ellis
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"Monta Ellis" is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ellis entered the 2005 NBA draft directly after graduating from Lanier High School (Jackson, Mississippi)/Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was drafted with the 40th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. He was traded from Golden State to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012 where he played one full season before signing with the Mavericks in 2013.

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We're just finishing up and the season isn't over yet. We're not making the playoffs, but the season's still going on. We still want to compete until the end and we've got no more games left.

If I fought it, it would have been an even bigger deal than it was. You've just got to be able to accept it no matter what happens.

I knew I wasn't going to play major minutes. I set my mind for it. When I got my opportunity, I took advantage of it.

Whenever I get the opportunity, I'm going to make the best of it. I never expected to start and play a lot of minutes.

I like it a whole lot better than living in Mississippi. The weather's not too cold or hot, and I don't have to worry about watching my back every five seconds. ... When I got off that plane (last summer), I was just thinking, 'Wow, I really made it out of Mississippi.' That was my first impression.

When I play my game, there's that, and more to come. Tonight it just seemed that I had it going in the first half and they put me back in the second half. It wasn't all on the offensive end. It was the defensive end as well. The little things.

When I hit my first three jumpers in a row, I knew I was going to have a good night. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and then the game will come to me, everything will be good.

I knew they'd win it again.