Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points and Monta Ellis contributed a double-double as the Dallas Mavericks dismantled the Los Angeles Lakers, 140-106, on Friday.
Ellis netted 20 points on an efficient 7-of-10 shooting to go along with a season-high 10 assists and help the Mavs score more than 100 points for the sixth straight game.
"Our goal is to play consistent every night, not only at home, but also on the road," Ellis said.
Dallas, the NBA's top-scoring team, went up against the worst defense in the league and it showed, as the Mavs put up their highest point total of the season on 51-of-82 (62.2 percent) shooting -- including a blistering 18-of-35 (51.4 percent) clip from beyond the arc.
Chandler Parsons deposited 21 points and J.J. Barea added 16 points off the bench for the Mavs, who have won six straight overall and four straight over LA.
The Lakers shot a decent 44-for-85 (51.8 percent) from the floor, but they were no match, with Jeremy Lin's 18 points leading the way. Kobe Bryant dropped in 17 points on 6-of-22 shooting as Los Angeles had its two-game winning streak snapped.
"Tonight is a setback, but sometimes you take a couple of steps forward before taking a step back," said Bryant. "Sometimes you take a step back before you can take a couple of steps forward. Tonight was a step back."
Dallas entered the locker room at half with a nine-point lead, then it opened things up in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout.
Ellis scored 12 points -- including three 3-pointers -- during a 14-2 run midway through the quarter that helped the Mavs extend their lead to 90-71.
Although Los Angeles made 50 percent of its shots in the period, it allowed Dallas to shoot 14-of-18 from the floor and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, trailing 110-83 entering the fourth. The Mavs' lead swelled to as many as 38 in the fourth.
Earlier, Dallas led by two with just over a minute to go in the first when Jae Crowder hit a 3 that started an 11-2 quarter-ending run for a 38-27 lead.
The Lakers managed to trim the deficit to 68-59 at the half.
Dallas scored 20 points off 10 turnovers and had a 54-38 advantage in the paint ... The Mavs had a season-high 33 assists as a team ... Al-Farouq Aminu and Brandan Wright scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench for Dallas ... The Lakers will open up a four-game homestand against Denver on Sunday.