NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Detroit
(Sunday, November 15th)
Final Score: Dallas 95, Detroit 90
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and hit a key bucket with under a minute left in Dallas' 95-90 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Rookie Rodrigue Beaubois added 14 points for the Mavericks, who also got 11 points and 11 rebounds from Drew Gooden. Shawn Marion totaled 11 points and seven boards for Dallas, which has won four of its last five games.
"We were just able to get a spurt in the fourth quarter and get enough of a cushion to get out of here alive," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. "We'll take it."
Rodney Stuckey had 28 points for Detroit, but he left the game late in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury. Will Bynum had 27 points, while Charlie Villanueva chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Detroit guard Ben Gordon went just 1-of-16 from the floor and his desperation three-pointer in the closing seconds was off the mark.
Gordon said he'll bounce back.
"I've done that throughout my career," he said. "I just had a bad night. Everybody's been playing a lot of minutes. That's just part of the game."
A pair of Gooden free throws widened Dallas' lead to 89-81 with 2 1/2 minutes left, but the Pistons eventually closed the gap to three. Bynum's two shots from the charity stripe trimmed the deficit to 91-88 with 52 seconds left.
Nowitzki countered by driving to the right baseline for a jumper with 35.3 seconds to go before Bynum countered with a driving layup six seconds later.
The door was opened for the Pistons after Jason Terry missed a three-point shot for Dallas. Detroit called timeout with 5.7 seconds left, but Gordon, who finished with just five points, missed his off-balance attempt. Terry nailed two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to account for the final margin.
Dallas held a 22-18 lead after 12 minutes, but the Pistons surged in the second with a 13-4 run. That moved the hosts to a 33-28 edge and Detroit was on top, 46-40 at the intermission.
Eight straight points by the Mavs moved them in front, 51-49, and it was a see-saw battle until the end of the quarter with Dallas holding a 71-66 advantage moving to the fourth.
Jason Kidd had 10 points and seven assists for Dallas...Ben Wallace totaled nine points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which shot 2-of-13 from three-point range...Dallas has won five of the last six meetings...The Mavs are 2-1 on a four-game road trip, which concludes Monday at Milwaukee...The Pistons, who had a three-game winning streak broken, embarks on a four-game road trip, starting Tuesday against the Lakers...Prior the game, Dallas center Erick Dampier became ill. He was accompanied by Mavericks head athletic trainer Casey Smith to Saint Joseph's Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. While his symptoms have subsided, he will stay in Detroit for further testing and not travel with the team to Milwaukee.
11/15 22:54:43 ET