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NBA:  Preseason

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Remaining preseason games:

Oct. 14 Orlando 7:30
Oct. 16 at Indiana 6 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Charlotte 6:30
Oct. 21 at Houston 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 Atlanta 7:30
Oct. 25 Indiana 7:30

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With Nowitzki setting a pick between the free throw line and the 3-point arc, Ellis tore through the New Orleans defense and flipped a pass back to Nowitzki for a 20-foot jumper that was uncontested, one that he makes in his sleep.

Later in the game, when Nowitzki was setting a similar pick, Ellis peeled through the Pelicans and this time darted to the rim for an uncontested layup.

These are the plays that the Mavericks expect to happen with some frequency this season as Ellis and Nowitzki form a working relationship that could, and probably should, be mutually beneficial.

"There’s a lot of space out there for him, especially when I’m setting the screen and roll, and he looks great," Nowitzki said of Ellis. "That’s when he’s at his best off the dribble. He’s really fast, and he made some nice passes, too, when they collapsed. It’s going to be fun playing with him."

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