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  1. League: NBA
  2. Golden State vs. Denver
    Live
    12:00 4th
    88 GS
    80 DEN
  3. LA Clippers vs. Portland
    Live
    End 3rd
    85 LAC
    82 POR
  4. Phoenix vs. Sacramento
    Live
    5:56 4th
    89 PHO
    87 SAC
  5. Indiana vs. Orlando
    Final
    101 IND
    86 ORL
  6. Chicago vs. Charlotte
    Final OT
    86 CHI
    91 CHA
  7. Washington vs. Boston
    Final
    118 WAS
    102 BOS
  8. Houston vs. New Orleans
    Final
    100 HOU
    105 NO
  9. Brooklyn vs. Cleveland
    Final
    85 BKN
    114 CLE
  10. Philadelphia vs. Miami
    Final
    100 PHI
    87 MIA
  11. Atlanta vs. Milwaukee
    Final
    111 ATL
    103 MIL
  12. Utah vs. Minnesota
    Final 2OT
    136 UTA
    130 MIN
  13. Toronto vs. New York
    Final
    92 TOR
    95 NY
  14. LA Lakers vs. San Antonio
    Final
    113 LAL
    100 SA
  15. Detroit vs. Oklahoma City
    Final
    111 DET
    112 OKC
  16. Dallas vs. Memphis
    Final OT
    105 DAL
    106 MEM
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34-23
113 -
Team 1 2 3 4
DAL 29 35 24 25
DET 27 27 28 20
102
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Mavericks hold off Pistons for 113-102 win

AP - Sports
Mavericks hold off Pistons for 113-102 win
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AUBURN HILLS, MI - FEBRUARY 22: Jose Calderon #8 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots against the Detroit Pistons …

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Samuel Dalembert had more offensive rebounds than Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith combined.

That was probably the most telling stat from Saturday's game, which Dalembert's Dallas Mavericks won 113-102 over a Detroit team hurt throughout the night by Drummond's foul trouble. Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and Vince Carter added 18 for Dallas.

''If you're able to get them in foul trouble early, they kind of slow things down a little bit and become less aggressive,'' Dalembert said. ''We knew what we were getting into, and we were ready for the fight.''

Dallas had surprising success on the boards against Detroit's imposing front line. The Mavericks finished with 16 offensive rebounds. The Pistons, who came in as the NBA's top team in that department, had only nine.

Drummond finished with only eight points and three rebounds in just under 20 minutes of action.

''When you get in foul trouble, it changes your aggression, but it also keeps you from ever getting in the flow of the game,'' Detroit interim coach John Loyer said. ''Andre is a guy who is normally always into the flow, but he wasn't able to do that tonight, whether because of the fouls or something else. I know he'll be in the gym tomorrow making sure it doesn't happen again.''

Smith kept the Pistons in the game for a while and finished with 32 points, his most since signing with Detroit last offseason.

Monta Ellis had 12 points and 13 assists for the Mavericks.

Dallas leads ninth-place Memphis by two games in the Western Conference playoff race. The Pistons, meanwhile, fell 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the East.

Dallas led by 13 in the third quarter, and after the Pistons closed within four in the fourth, Nowitzki connected from beyond the arc to give the Mavericks a 96-89 lead. Dallas was able to keep Detroit at arm's length after that.

''We did a pretty good job of not letting them get too much momentum,'' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. ''When you let them get momentum and get in transition they convert quick, they can hit 3s, they throw lobs, and then it turns into a circus.''

The Pistons did have 24 fast-break points, but they went 2 of 11 from 3-point range. Detroit's Brandon Jennings had only two points and three assists on 1-of-7 shooting, and for a second straight night, the Pistons went mostly with Will Bynum at point guard with the game on the line. Bynum had 17 points and eight assists.

''We played a tough team tonight, and they beat us,'' Bynum said. ''We had the energy in spurts tonight, but we've got to have that for 48 minutes and we aren't doing that.''

Ellis scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, and the Mavericks benefited from Drummond's absence throughout the game.

Greg Monroe had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, but he had little help on the boards. Smith, for all his scoring, finished with only three rebounds, and he didn't score a point in the final period.

Dallas had six players in double figures. Dalembert had 12 points and 11 rebounds - six at the offensive end. Jose Calderon added 11 points and Shawn Marion scored 10.

The Mavericks had 31 assists, one night after reaching a season-high 39 in a win at Philadelphia. Ellis had 11 assists in the first half against the Pistons, and Dallas led 64-54 at halftime.

Smith - who had 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting in the half - kept Detroit from a bigger deficit. The Pistons were only down 39-36 when Drummond picked up his third foul with 9:03 left in the second quarter. The Mavericks slowly extended the margin after that.

NOTES: Dallas improved to 17-8 against the East this season. ... Carter appeared to be hit in the midsection in the first quarter and grimaced as he came up the court. Then he took a pass and immediately spotted up for a 3-pointer that gave Dallas a 29-25 lead.

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