Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/18

Game 1: Tuesday, October 18th
Game 2: Thursday, October 27th

Mavericks 94

(3-1, 3-1 away)

Pistons 88

(3-1, 3-1 home)

7:30 PM ET, October 18, 2005

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 22 23 21 2894
DET 24 23 20 2188

Harris' 20 points lift Mavs past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki and Richard Hamilton were on opposite sides of Tuesday's preseason game, and they also disagree on the NBA's new dress code.

"I don't agree with it -- you can't dictate how people dress," said Hamilton, who generally sports a throwback jersey from the NBA or NFL when he arrives for a game. "It's funny -- the league marketed those jerseys for years, and now it's like you can't wear it any more."

Nowitzki does not have a problem with making players dress up a bit.

"I have to change my wardrobe pretty quick, but it actually is not that bad," he said before the Dallas Mavericks' 94-88 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. "Business casual should be doable, and I agree that when you aren't playing, you should wear a suit."

Nowitzki and Hamilton both had seats on the bench as the reserves decided the game down the stretch.

The Mavericks trailed 67-66 heading into the fourth quarter, but Devin Harris had nine points in a 13-1 surge that put them up 79-68 with 7:42 to go. The Pistons' only point came on a technical-foul free throw, as they missed their first eight field-goal attempts.

Darko Milicic's 20-foot jumper pulled Detroit within 88-86 with 35 seconds to play.

Dallas rookie Rawle Marshall, a graduate of nearby Oakland University, hit four free throws down the stretch to clinch the game.

"It was good to see Rawle make those key free throws in front of his family and friends," said Mavericks coach Avery Johnson.

Marshall, trying to become the first Golden Grizzly to play in the NBA, scored six points in 11 minutes in front of a large group that included his college coach and most of his teammates.

"It felt great out there," he said. "When I was in the game, I was just trying to soak it all in, and then it came down to me having to make those shots. That's a storybook ending."

Harris led all scorers with 20 points, including 13 in the fourth. Rasheed Wallace led Detroit with 12.

The Pistons led 47-45 at the half, thanks to nine points from Wallace. Nowitzki had 12 for the Mavericks, who stayed in the game despite being outshot 60 percent to 41.9 percent.

"I think we really played hard in the second half," Johnson said. "We picked up the defensive intensity in the first half after being pretty lethargic early."

With both sets of starters back in the game for most of the third, Detroit maintained its advantage. The Pistons led 67-66 at quarter's end, helped by eight late-quarter points from Tayshaun Prince.

"We did some good things and some bad things," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "That is what exhibition basketball is all about."

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