The Pistons looked far more like a team that recently won eight straight than a club that had lost its last two. They grabbed control early and never let the Mavericks get as close as six points until there was 1:17 left.
Dallas didn’t score again, though, to lose for the second time in three games since a 12-game winning streak. The Mavericks also ended a 22-game home winning streak over Eastern Conference teams, dating to Jan. 29, 2005.
Wallace scored 10 points in the first quarter and had nine more in the third, all coming after a Dallas rally. They came in a flurry, too – three three-pointers in a span of four possessions. He followed the second one by jabbing his right index finger and screaming, “Pow!” After banking in the next one, putting the Pistons up by 16, he repeatedly hollered, “I called that!”
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 29 points and nine rebounds, but missed a three-pointer that could’ve gotten the Mavs within in the final minute.