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Pistons vs. Mavericks final score: Pistons outlast extremely tankalicious Mavericks in overtime 113-106

It was a tougher game than it probably should have been.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Friday evening the Pistons battled with a young Dallas Mavericks team in full-blown tank mode and came through with an overtime victory, 113-106. I don’t quite know what to tell you, but the game really shouldn’t have been so competitive. For much of the fourth quarter the Mavs went with third-string point guard Kyle Collinsworth, rookie Jalen Jones (who had played just three seconds in the first three quarters), Dorian Finney-Smith, two-way contract forward Johnathan Motley and newly signed Aaron Harrison (aka the less talented Harrison twin). The group played tough and smart basketball, actually outscoring Detroit by three in the frame.

Thanks to a career night from Motley (more on him below) and some fairly efficient shooting from Harrison Barnes and Finney-Smith, the Mavs hung tight the whole game. Prized rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. couldn’t get anything going scoring wise (seven points) in 31 minutes, though he played a decent floor game before sitting late.

The Pistons were without the services of Reggie Bullock (who will be shut down for the rest of the season) and Blake Griffin.

Andre Drummond

Two-way contract player (and rookie) Johnathan Motley had himself a ball game with 26 points on 19 shots in 40 minutes. Some of this was due to Andre’s occasional lackluster presence defensively, while other times it was Motley using his athleticism inside and workable jump shot to do damage. Well, now the Pistons know a little more about him.

Andre played 42 minutes and got more hook shots to fall than usual. His three-pointer in the opening quarter — which he backed up to shoot — was not so lucky. But there’s more good news, as Andre also denied Smith Jr. at the rim:

Reggie Jackson

Really found his rhythm in the fourth with 26-year-old rookie Kyle Collinsworth guarding him and the Mavs allowing Reggie to drive the lane off the pick-and-roll. Reggie took advantage and made smart decisions with several smooth mid-range jumpers and a couple floaters mixed in.

In 35 minutes Reggie finished with 24 points and seven feeds with just one turnover. He also didn’t allow talented rookie Dennis Smith Jr. to do much of anything, although some credit needs to go to the Piston team defense.

Anthony Tolliver

Is the guy 22 years old or 32 years old? Anthony will be playing in the league for another five or six years at this rate of production. He shot 6-of-9 from the field (4-of-6 from deep) in 35 minutes. Overall timely defense and took a charge in overtime on an out-of-control drive from Aaron Harrison.

Luke Kennard

A little tentative in his first half minutes and through three quarters only shot it three times. Didn’t seem comfortable the entire game on either end of the court. NBA athleticism matched with pretty long wings can give Luke fits.

Henry Ellenson

Nine first-half points on seven shots. With his decent ball handling ability, Henry can usually get to his sweet spots on the floor. He went to work on Dwight Powell a couple of times for impressive off-the-dribble buckets. He finished with 11 points but was only 1-of-5 from downtown.

On defense, it’s really rough for Henry. He generally lacks basic defensive fundamentals. Henry is often reacting to his man and that’s especially bad when Henry isn’t particularly quick-footed. He has to improve closing on shooters. The game is still quite fast for him, especially against quicker forwards and wings.

Stanley Johnson

Pretty decisive in this one and didn’t over-shoot. He made some nice fast-break kick-outs instead of shooting those mid-range jumpers on the break (or at any time, frankly). Stanley’s perimeter defense picked up late in the game against Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Jones. Nobody could get around him!

Ish Smith

Splashed an off-the-dribble three in the first half (provided my eyes didn’t deceive me). Lazarus Jackson is smiling.

Langston Galloway

The headband helped a little bit, maybe. He shot 5-of-14 but did real damage from the long line with a 4-of-7 effort. I keep repeating myself with this, but may Reggie Hearn please get some run? The Pistons signed him to a two-way contract for a reason, right?

James Ennis

Was caught in no man’s land quickly after checking into the game as his man Doug McDermott snuck past him and received a back-door pass for a big flush.

Eric Moreland

Active on the boards with seven boards in 11 minutes – though he struggled with rather simple finishes at the rim tonight.