With the loss of Ben Wallace to free agency in the offseason,
the Pistons started 3-5 but then ripped off a solid winning
But on Tuesday, the Pistons dropped their second consecutive
contest, an 88-85 loss to Portland, despite 25 points from
Detroit will have to take on arguably the deepest and most
talented squad in the NBA on Thursday, one that has won 13 of
its last 14 games. On Tuesday, Josh Howard got off to another
quick start and scored 23 points in a terrific two-way effort as
the Mavericks posted a 92-75 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas, which
bounced back nicely from Monday's loss at Washington. It never
trailed for the fifth time in six games and held the Nets to 35
percent (26-of-74) shooting.
The teams split their two meetings last season, with each
winning at home.