It wasn't the cleanest of games as the Mavs fell to the Detroit Pistons 108-95 on Wednesday night.
The Mavs watched, quite literally, as Detroit pulled out to a quick 12-4 lead, but from there Dallas battled back, largely due to Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons aggressiveness. Detroit maintained a 4-6 point lead for the majority of the first half, but as good as Detroit played, and for as poorly as it felt Dallas was playing at points, it never really got out of hand.
Despite ten first half turnovers, Dallas was only down 54-49 at the half. Greg Monroe had 13 first half points for the Pistons (11 coming in the first quarter), while Devin Harris led the way with 10 points. Chandler and Parsons both had nine points for the Mavs at the half, while Tyson also had six rebounds.
Rondo had five first half turnovers, which hampered Dallas' offense, but he also had this beautiful drive and lob to Tyson Chandler for the oop.
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The third quarter saw Detroit push their lead to nine, while Dallas seemed determined to do just enough to not get murdered, but not nearly enough to get all the way back in the game. By the end of the quarter, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe had combined for 25 points and 29 rebounds, and had thoroughly dominated Dallas inside. Tyson was doing all he could to hold his own, pulling down seven boards in the quarter, but no other Mav seemed terribly interested in rebounding.
It didn't help that Monta and Parsons both struggled to find their rhythm. Entering the fourth quarter, the pair had shot just 6-for-21 on the night.
For a split second it seemed as if Dallas would be able to make a comeback. They cut the lead to four with just over eight minutes left, 81-77, after a pair of Dirk buckets and a defensive stop, but two consectuive threes by D.J. Augustine ballooned the lead to ten, forcing Carlisle to call a timeout.
Monta missed a shot out of the timeout, and a Kyle Singler tip-in pushed Detroit's lead to 12 with 6:37 left in the game. A Chandler Parsons three, his first points in the second half, made it a nine point deficit, but Detroit responded with a few buckets to push their lead to 13.
The Mavs couldn't muster much else from there, and went quietly into the night.
On the night, Dallas shot 43.7% from the floor, and a horrifying 27.3% from three, while Detroit shot 44.3% from the floor, and 47.6% from three. The Pistons also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Mavs 60 to 43. Greg Monroe finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, while D.J. Augustin torched Dallas to the tune of 26 points.
Dirk, Monta, and Parsons finished with 19, 16, and 15 points respectively, but shot a combined 38.7% (19-of-49) from the floor.
Detroit's win streak extends to seven, while Dallas looks to get back on track Saturday when they travel to face the L.A. Clippers.