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

Mavericks top Pistons in shootout, 116-106

If you’re a fan of defense, I doubt you enjoyed Sunday night’s match up between the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks

After the first quarter, the score was 28-25, and it seemed as if this was going to be a close one. Little did we know that the second half would be filled with points. The game was close through three quarters, but Dallas rode Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki on a late run to take control of this one.

Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points for the Mavericks, and he has looked impressive despite a knee injury. The Pistons have now lost four straight, and things could change as we near the trade deadline. The Pistons have a crowded front court with Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond, and they have not fit well together. Monroe has been involved in trade rumors, and he is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He has had a lack of playing time recently, and he played only 28 minutes in this one, but had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Josh Smith had 25 points in 41 minutes in the 116-106 loss to the Mavericks.


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