Pistons power past Mavericks in OT, shooting for .500

April 7, 2018 GMT

Detroit — Even though the chase for the playoffs is over, the Pistons are still playing for something. There’s a chance to get to .500 this season, if they win the rest of their games remaining in the regular season.

It’s a goal coach Stan Van Gundy and the players acknowledged in practice in the past couple days — and it’s showing on the court.

The Pistons scrapped their way through a sluggish second half and held on for a 113-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks in overtime on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena. It’s the eighth win in the last 10 games for the Pistons (38-41), who play their home finale on Monday against the Toronto Raptors.

BOX SCORE: Pistons 113, Mavericks 106, OT

Reggie Jackson had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Andre Drummond added 19 points, 16 rebounds and five assists and Anthony Tolliver 16 points for the Pistons, who improved to 25-15 at home this season.

The Mavs tied it with 10.1 seconds left in regulation on a 3-pointer by Jonathan Motley, who set a new career highs with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Jackson had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but missed on a drive to the basket.

In overtime, Langston Galloway (15 points) hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 left and Jackson added a floater and then a jumper with 52.5 seconds left to push the margin to seven. Galloway followed with a pair of free throws, capping a 9-0 spurt before the Mavericks added a final free throw in the closing seconds.

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Late in the third quarter, the Pistons took a 78-75 lead after a 3-pointer by Galloway with 18.5 seconds left. The Mavericks (24-56) started the fourth period on a 10-2 run, with a dunk and 3-pointer by Dorian Finney-Smith (15 points, 10 rebounds).

The Pistons answered with an 11-3 spurt, including a 3-pointer by Galloway, a jumper by Henry Ellenson (11 points) and two free throws by James Ennis III to move ahead, 87-85. Drummond finished the run with a hook and Jackson added a jumper.

Finney-Smith answered with a 3-pointer and the teams traded baskets, until Jackson hit a floater and Tolliver followed with a putback, for a 97-93 lead at the 2:39 mark.

The Mavs stayed close, with a 3-pointer by Jalen Jones and Drummond scored the next four Pistons points, while Motley hit a lay-in and then the 3-pointer to tie it at 101.


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