The Dallas Mavericks pulled away from the Detroit Pistons in the second half to earn their 19th victory of the season. Things didn’t look good for the Mavericks early on in their second game in two nights with sloppy offensive execution, porous perimeter defense, and the inability to prevent Andre Drummond from doing whatever he damn well pleased. The Mavericks led by just two heading into the locker room.
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Andre Drummond continued his brilliance for the remainder of the evening, finishing with a robust stat line of 19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks, but the duo of Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis proved to be too much for the Pistons to handle and Dallas was able to come away with the win, 117-106. They head home to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday before facing the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns early next week.
Dec 17, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s how things shook out by the numbers:
10: The Mavericks turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, allowing the Pistons to keep things close. They committed just four in the second half.
23: Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis combined for 23 of Dallas’ 30 points in the third quarter to help the Mavericks pull away. Parsons led the way with 15.
5: Five Mavericks scored in double-figures for the second straight game. A late bucket from Brandan Wright gave him 10.
16: Four Mavericks scored 16+ points. Tyson Chandler was the low man on the list but added nine rebounds and four assists.
32: Parsons scored a season-high 32 points on 10-17 shooting. He was 8-9 from the field and hit four of his six three-point attempts, including two big ones in the fourth quarter as Detroit made a push.
8: Monta Ellis recorded eight assists, his second highest total of the season.
0: Zero, as in Jameer Nelson’s field goal percentage, points scored, and assists registered in 26 minutes.
78%: The Dallas starters scored 78% of the team’s points. After combining to score 50 points against the Knicks, the Maverick bench scored just 26 against the Pistons.