Coming off of a terrible loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, you would have thought the Pistons would come out motivated and ready to play against the lowly Mavericks. However, that was not the case.
The first three quarters were very frustrating as the Pistons struggled to hold onto the ball. The ball handling was sloppy, the passes were poor and the offense was stagnant as players just stood around. The Mavericks are the best at forcing turnovers, and they took advantage of the Pistons sloppy play offensively by poking the ball loose any chance that they got.
The only real bright spot for the first half was Andre Drummond with 14 rebounds (10 in the first quarter). Also, Jon Leuer had 10 points off the bench in the first half.
It looked like this game might slip away in the 3rd when the Mavericks took a 12-point lead with 3:20 left in the quarter. However, an 8-0 Pistons run to close the quarter kept them within striking distance to steal this one in the 4th.
That is exactly what the Pistons did as everybody came alive to outscore the Mavericks 35-21 in the final frame. The Pistons cut back on the turnovers and started moving the ball better. It led to open shots that the Pistons actually started hitting.
The Pistons were able to stay in the game because of their solid defense and the fact that the Mavericks simply are not that good. But, this was by no means a good game.
The Pistons dominated the glass by out-rebounding the Mavericks 50-30. The Pistons also ended up shooting 50 percent from the field. However, they ended the game with 19 turnovers, which is a season-high for the team that has turned the ball over the least this season.
Jon Leuer ended the game with a season-high 19 points and Reggie Jackson finished with 20 points due to his typically strong play in the 4th quarter. Andre Drummond finished with 17 rebounds, which is a bit disappointing considering how many he had after the 1st quarter.
The Pistons are now over .500 at 14-13. They take on the Wizards in Washington on Friday.