The Beat Goes On, Mavs Beat Pistons: 116-106

Jan 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (left) celebrate a score during the second quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

- Dirk Nowitzki (28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) and Monta Ellis (11 points, 3 assists) help lead Mavericks to home victory over the visiting Pistons in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, 116-106.

Detroit drops their fourth consecutive game Sunday night, this time to the hands of the Mavericks. The Pistons are yet to win in Dallas since December 2006, back in the good old days.

The Mavs took it to the Pistons at the offensive end, as Detroit could not find an answer on defense. The Mavericks shot a blistering 58.1 percent from the floor in the win, spacing the floor with their perimeter shooters (Devin Harris, Vince Carter, Jose Calderon, the list goes on).

Led by the hot shooting of future NBA Hall-of-Famer Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks led Detroit by 10 at the halftime break, 56-46. Josh Smith led Detroit in the first half with 16 points, he would finish the game with 25 points and 8 rebounds.

Brandon Jennings helped spark a charge in the second half, sparking a 11-2 start to the second half behind his 15 third quarter points. Jennings would finish with a Piston high 26 points and 7 assists.

Detroit showed a little bit of heart during that third quarter, outscoring Dallas 35-28, as they still struggled to stop anybody on the offensive end. The Mavericks, led by Jose Calderon (17 points, 4 assists) and Devin Harris (14 points, 7 assists) in the fourth outscored the Pistons 32-25 in the period.

The Mavericks would defeat Detroit 116-106 in another Detroit loss. The Pistons drop to (17-27) as the gap between them and the last playoff spot in the East widens.

The Pistons face 0ff against the Orlando Magic (12-33) next, in a Tuesday night matchup as The Palace. The Pistons will look for just their eighth victory this season at home on Tuesday.

The Magic handled Detroit last time they met earlier this season in Orlando. Let’s hope the Pistons can take advantage of the Magic on Tuesday.

Topics: Andre Drummond, Brandon Jennings, Brandon Wright, Chauncey Billups, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, Jose Calderon, Josh Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler, Maurice Cheeks, Monta Ellis, NBA, New, Rodney Stuckey, Vince Carter, Will Bynum

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