Detroit sports glance: Pistons win crucial game against Dallas Mavericks

By Dave Hart

Pistons 102, Mavericks 96 – The Pistons opened their four-game road trip with a victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit fell behind 28-26 after the first quarter, led 54-52 at halftime and held a slight 76-74 lead after three quarters.

The Pistons won their second straight game in Dallas for the first time since 1997 and 1998.

Andre Drummond paced the Pistons with 25 points and 17 rebounds, while Marcus Morris added 20 points and Tobias Harris chipped in with 19.

The Mavericks were led by Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons with 25 points each.Eye on the D

The Pistons are now 33-31 on the season, good for an eighth place tie in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Bulls.

Detroit will continue its road trip on Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

Record: 33-31

4th Place in Central Division (12 games behind Cleveland)

Tied for 8th Place in Eastern Conference (12 games behind Cleveland)

Tied with Chicago for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 20

Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 32

Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 32

Misery # towards elimination from Central Division title: 8

Misery # towards elimination from playoff contention: 20

Next Game: 03/11/2016 @ Charlotte Hornets 7:00 p.m. @ Time Warner Cable Arena

Stats: Andre Drummond 25 points 17 rebounds, Marcus Morris 20 points 7 rebounds, Tobias Harris 19 points 7 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 14 points, Reggie Jackson 11 points.

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