The Pistons held an 82-81 advantage before Van Horn score eight
straight points. His three-point play with 7:59 left gave the
Mavericks the lead for good.
Van Horn hit two free throws on Dallas' next possession and
connected on a 3-pointer with 6:35 remaining to put the Mavericks
in front, 89-82.
The Pistons got as close as 96-93 with 2:24 left on Maurice
But Daniels' layup with 1:16 remaining and Van Horn's 3-pointer
with 40 seconds to play pushed the Mavericks' lead to 101-93.
The Pistons were up by 12 in the second quarter and were in
front at halftime, 56-45. Detroit held a 22-12 halftime rebounding
edge, 8-2 on the offensive boards.
Detroit's Carlos Arroyo was ejected in the second quarter after
an altercation with Nowitzki. Arroyo's layup attempt had been
blocked by Nowitzki, and the two exchanged words under the Pistons'
Arroyo tried to go after Nowitzki and had to be restrained by
teammates. Arroyo received a double technical and Nowitzki was
tagged with one technical.
Erick Dampier was back in the Mavericks rotation after missing
three straight games due to a sore right hip. Teammate Jerry
Stackhouse remains out with a sore right knee.
Detroit guard Lindsey Hunter was out, recovering from left ankle