DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds Sunday night at American Airlines Center to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
This was the opener of a four-game home stand for the Mavs, who snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 26-20. The Pistons, meanwhile, dropped to 17-27.
Detroit sliced a 13-point deficit to 101-96, but the Mavs got some breathing room by tallying the ensuing eight points. Vince Carter scored on a short jumper, Jose Calderon hit two straight baskets and DeJuan Blair flipped in a floater to put the Mavs up 109-96 with 4:06 left.
Besides Nowitzki, the Mavs got 17 points from Calderon, 14 points and seven assists from Devin Harris, 13 from Carter and 11 from Monta Ellis. Carter, who celebrated his 37th birthday Sunday, was 4-of-8 from the field and also picked up five rebounds and three assists.
Brandon Jennings collected 26 points and seven assists for the Pistons, Josh Smith had 25 points and eight rebounds, and Greg Monroe finished with 20 points and nine boards.
The Mavs led 28-25 after the first quarter, 56-46 at the half and 84-81 after three periods. Dallas then scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to vault ahead 94-81.
Nowitzki converted 10-of-16 buckets, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Dallas will host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
-- Dwain Price
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