Chris Kaman had the hot hand early but got in foul trouble, O. J. Mayo came alive in the third quarter and Elton Brand took over in the fourth, capping his best game in a Dallas uniform to lift the Mavericks to a 92-77 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
The Mavericks shot less than 41% from the field but Detroit went cold in the third quarter, scoring a season-low 11 points and shooting 20 percent (4-for-20) from the field while O. J. Mayo and Vince Carter were draining multiple three-pointers.
Mayo finished with 27 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds. Elton Brand had 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots and the Mavs had several solid all-around performances, although new signee Derek Fisher struggled, scoring only 2 points on a goaltend out of 8 field goal attempts.
The Pistons finished shooting only 34% for the game but Brandon Knight managed to get 20 points. Jason Maxiell (from Newman-Smith high school in Carrollton) had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots while center Greg Monroe managed only 8 points but did corral 15 rebounds as the Pistons still managed to top the Mavs on the boards 52-49.
The Pistons fell to 5-13 while the Mavericks improved to 8-9.
The Mavericks have a few days off to work Derek Fisher more into the offensive flow and will travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Wednesday.