With eight minutes to go, D.J. Augustin was hit with a bogus offensive foul, then was offered a technical foul after expressing his displeasure. The officials didn't do Dallas any favors.
D.J. got mad.
The Dirk Nowitzki free throw closed the Pistons lead to just four points, but Augustin responded with two straight three pointers that effectively shut the door on the Mavs attempt at a comeback.
Augustin played the closer for the Pistons with 17 fourth quarter points, but it was yet another gutsy team win for a group that has been playing some of the best basketball in the league. After winning six-straight games, the team currently sitting at third in the Western Conference never led once against the Pistons.
Greg Monroe was absolutely dominant with his best game of the season, posting 27 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 assists. Despite looking like he was sporting some heavy legs and facing a tough matchup in Tyson Chandler, Andre Drummond still managed 19 rebounds.
The Pistons rebounding edge was critical as they finished with a 60-43 advantage. They were also back to their scorching ways from behind the arc, making 10-of-21 attempts.
After beating the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks on the road, skeptics are out of reasons to not take the Pistons seriously. As mentioned by Keith Langlois on Twitter, the last time the Pistons won at San Antonio and Dallas in the same season was the 1996-97 season. The win tonight was the Pistons first win in Dallas in nearly a decade, since 2006.
With this win, the Pistons are just three games out of the final playoff spot. Hell, injured LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers might even want to start worrying, as the Pistons are only 6.5 behind them for the fifth seed.
Next the Pistons head back to The Palace to face the top team in the East, the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.