Mavs Power Points: 'Wipeout' By Detroit
Coach Rick Carlisle on Detroit Pistons 108, Dallas Mavericks 95 on Wednesday at the AAC: "We never got enough traction. We got beat in every quarter ... We never had enough of a hit-first disposition. ... It was a wipeout.''
Was this about the Bad Mavs or the surging Pistons?
It's hard to tell if the game was just simply the Pistons (12-23) continuing their hot streak or if the 26-11 Mavs just laid an egg. Both teams came into the game riding six-game win streaks, the Pistons winning every game since parting with Josh Smith, but it was the Pistons that extended the streak to seven on the road in Dallas. Maybe the Pistons are a rising team, but the Mavs can't be too happy about not even getting to triple-digits on offense while allowing 108 points.
There was a moment when Dallas has some comeback energy ...
But seriously ... that was about it.
The final score isn't much of a surprise when you look at the stat lines. The Pistons edged the Mavs in shooting percentage 44.3% to 43.7% while also shooting 85.7% from the free-throw line to the Mavs 72.2%. The Pistons dominated the Mavs from beyond the arc, 47.6% to the Mavs putrid 27.3%. And again, Dirk, Monta, and Parsons combining for 38.7 percent shooting will kill you.
Carlisle distributed the minutes at the point guard and power forward positions. Rajon Rondo played 28 minutes and Devin Harris backed him up by playing 21 minutes and J.J. Barea pitched in 10 minutes. Dirk Nowitzki played 29 minutes and Charlie Villanueva contributed 14 minutes. The other starters were all in the 30s, with Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis both playing 36 minutes and Tyson Chandler playing 31.
The Mavs took some rest breaks in this game, it seems ... and get a couple of days off before they look to get back to their winning ways Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles when they take on the Clippers at 2:30 p.m. By "days off'' I think we mean "practice.''
The Mavs were out-rebounded by the Pistons, 60 to 43. ... and it was a couple of Pistons in the paint taking over. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe had 19 and 18 rebounds, respectively. The Mavs' leading rebounder was Tyson Chandler with 11 rebounds. He was the only Maverick in double digits. The reason this all directly correlates to a loss for the Mavs is because of how many extra opportunities it created for the Pistons. On the offensive boards, the Pistons out-rebounded the Mavs 18 to 9, creating second-chance scoring opportunities.
"It’s not accident they're on a seven-game winning streak and have beaten some good teams. They’re playing at a high level.'' - Carlisle, giving some credit to the turnaround of the now 11-26 Pistons.
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