DALLAS -- OJ Mayo broke out of his slump Saturday night at American Airlines Center in a very big way.
Mayo poured in 27 points as the Dallas Mavericks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 92-77 triumph over the Detroit Pistons. This was the only game played on this homestand before the Mavs (8-9) hit the road for a three-game trip that starts Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
Mayo, who finished 10-of-21 from the field -- and 6-of-9 from three-point range -- had just three points in the first half. But during a 17-4 run by the Mavs that put them ahead 59-55 with 4:21 left in the third period, Mayo tallied 16 of Dallas' points in rapid-like fashion.
From there, Elton Brand took the baton and ran with it for the Mavs. Brand tallied eight of his season-high tying 17 points in the fourth period and also ended up with a season-high tying 12 rebounds.
New Mavs point guard Derek Fisher started the game and finished with two points (1-of-8 shooting), two rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 24 minutes. Meanwhile, backup point guard Darren Collison had five points, two rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes.
Also for the Mavs, Vince Carter scored 12 points and Chris Kaman collected 10 points and nine rebounds.
Brandon Knight led the Pistons (5-13) with 20 points, while Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince each tallied 12 points.
-- Dwain Price
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