Mavs Over Pistons: Power Points

Pistons basketball isn't running on all cylinders now. And while the Dallas front office is busy with Rajon Rondo ideas, the Dallas roster busied itself stalling the Pistons in Detroit. Power Points:

The Big Lead

The Dallas Mavericks have needed Chandler Parsons to prove his worth. Done. Again.

Though Chandler Parsons had plenty of notable performances, especially this month, this was the official coming-out party for the 46-Million-Dollar Man. Parsons played a game-high 35 minutes and accumulated a stat line of 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-6 from downtown and seven rebounds and a couple of assists in Wednesday's 117-106 Mavs win at Detroit. He let his presence be known on the defensive end as well with a couple of steals. Parsons provided energy-sparking plays throughout the game, including a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock in the fourth quarter.


Minute management

Head coach Rick Carlisle really played all of his starters a lot this game, which may have been to help get the chemistry together for the group and knowing the players have two full days and all day Saturday to rest up before playing the Spurs on Saturday night. That game will really provide a good indication of where this team is right now and how it compares to the elite in the NBA.

Four of the five starters played over 30 minutes (Parsons and Monta Ellis at 35 minutes, Dirk 31 minutes, and Tyson Chandler 32 minutes). Only point guard Jameer Nelson was shy of 30, which is understandable since the Mavs sixth man is Devin Harris, but even Nelson played 25 minutes.

Dirk's turn to lead late-game surge

One night after seeing an unfamiliar sight in Barea dominate the end of the game, it was back to old times in Motown. Dirk scored seven of the final 16 points scored by the Mavs in the last 3:25, none bigger than a dagger 3-pointer with 1:33 to extend the Mavs lead to 11 and effectively put the game away. Dirk finished with 18 points on 50-percent shooting from beyond the arc and from the field in general as well and also pitched in 10 rebounds for the double-double, and had a couple of assists.

The line sparks offensive production

The Mavs continued their offensive domination from the previous night by besting the Pistons in the "Big 3" categories. The Mavs shot 50.6% from the field to the Pistons 44.9%, shot 45.5% from beyond the arc to the Pistons 39.4, and were 77.1% from the line to the Pistons 68.4%.

The free throws played a major role as not only were the Mavs more efficient, but they got to the line 35 times, nearly doubling the Pistons total of just 19 free-throw attempts.

Who deserves 'The Dirkie'?

You know the drill: The Mavs win the game, and Mavs fans like you choose the Player of the Game. Who deserves "The Dirkie''? Vote here!


What's next?

The Mavs come home undefeated on their Eastern Conference road trip (now 8-0 on the season against Eastern Conference opponents on the road) and will host in-state rival San Antonio Spurs Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. which should prove to be a great test. ... with a sidebar story with trade rumors, like the scoop on Dallas' interest in Rajon Rondo ... and will cover it all like a blanket!

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