Watch Monta Ellis drop 31 on Rockets, lead Mavericks to win

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Somebody looks a lot more comfortable with no Rajon Rondo around.

Monta Ellis played free and fast in the backcourt with J.J. Barea on Sunday, and the result was Ellis scoring 31 points leading the Mavericks past the Rockets in Game 4.

Ellis did his best work when attacking the rim — he was 7-of-7 shooting inside eight feet. He was also solid from the midrange if you left side of the floor.

It will be interesting on Tuesday to see how the Rockets adjust and if Ellis can keep the hot shooting going on the road.