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THE NOT TOP TEN.....Dallas 98, PISTONS 93, T 1/5/10
Posted on: 01-05-2010

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    A good effort came close, but the Piston
losing streak reached 10 games Tuesday
night in a 98-93 Dallas defeat.
    The Pistons led much of the night and
were up by 14-P  before being victimized
by an 11-3 start of the 4th-Qtr Mavericks
run that snapped a 68-all tie. Detroit then
staged an unseccessful final minute
comeback bid.
    The Pistons slightly outshot the Mavs
from the field 47.5% (38-of-80) to 44.2%
(38-of-86). Both clubs were 5-of-17 (29.4%)
from beyond the 3-point arc. However, the Mavericks were a near-perfect 17-of-18
at the free throw line with Detroit a horrid 60% on 12-of-20.   
    Jason Kidd missed a top-of-the-key open 3-ball try, Detroit quickly ran the floor
and Rodney Stuckey made a layup off the glass to get the Pistons within one
possession at 94-91 with 44-sec remaining. Dirk Nowitzki missed an off-balance
turnaround off the rim, Detroit charged again and Ben Gordon swished a jumper
to make it 94-93 with 14.7-sec left. Fouled on the in-bounds, Nowitzki made a pair
of free throws for a 96-93 score with 10.4-sec to go. Rodney missed an open triple
from the left corner with 7-sec on the clock. Shawn Marion then sealed it for the Mavs
by making two charity tosses with 6.5-sec to play for a 98-93 bulge. Rodney's last shot
longball was no-good.
    Five Mavs scored in double figures, led by Jason Terry's game-high 26-P in his
40-mins of PT off the bench. Nowitzki had 22-P with a dozen boards. Marion added
18-P, Josh Howard 12 and Drew Gooden 10-P with a game-high 18-RB. Kidd had 8-P
with a game-high 8-A. The other four Mavericks who played combined for only 2-P.
    After three straight poor-shooting performances coming off the injured list, Richard
Hamilton topped Detroit with 20-P on 8-of-14 from the field, 1-of-3 in triple tries and
3-of-5 at the line. Charlie Villanueva had 17-P off the bench including four consecutive
triples in the 2nd-Qtr. Stuckey had 15-P including 10-P in the final frame when he made
his first five shots of the 4th-Qtr. Tayshaun Prince and Chris Wilcox (5-of-7 shooting
off the bench) both scored 12-P. Gordon had 9-P. Ben Wallace grabbed 12-RB and
managed 6-P.      
    Dallas improved to 24-11 and Detroit fell to 11-22.    


PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER:   "We’re going through an interesting stretch...
but we’re going to find a way to get out of this hole right now and the way we do it is
playing an entire 48 minutes...I think our guys competed. It was something that as of
late we haven’t been as in sync as we’d like to be and I thought that was one of the
things that was important and we had some good efforts from a lot of guys today...
It’s the best I’ve seen Chris Wilcox play in the first half and guys were doing a great
job of getting him the basketball. Rodney Stuckey continues to play at a high level. And
it was good to get Rip [Hamilton] and especially Tayshaun [Prince] - I thought Tayshaun
played with a lot of aggression tonight."

PISTONS GD RODNEY STUCKEY:   "“I thought the majority of the game we had good
effort. We were up 14 and let the lead slide again. But I thought they came out in the
fourth quarter really strong. They scored like the first six or eight points and got a
seven point lead on us. Against a team like that you can’t really give that kind of lead
up to them in the fourth quarter...We know we have talent, but we’re just going to
stick through it. It’s a long year, we’ve got a lot of games left ahead of us and we’re
just trying to get over this little hump we’re having right now."

PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA:   "They were making shots, they turned it around
and played with a lot of energy. We were making shots early on. They made their run
early on and we just couldn’t put a stop to it...My teammates found me and I just made
some open shots. I’ve been struggling offensively, but I made some shots and I kept
working at it and I knew eventually it would fall, and tonight it definitely fell.”

MAVS H-COACH RICK CARLISLE:   "Second half, it was a lot better...Twenty-four good
minutes and 24 lousy minutes, really. Maybe 15...We played some good stretches in the
first half. But you’ve got to put two halves together to get where we want to be, to get
where we want to go. That’s the priority right now."

MAVS GD JASON TERRY:   "We definitely didn’t get off to a good start, but at home here
in the New Year we wanted to make sure we got the win. Whatever it takes to get it done
that is what we did tonight...I give credit to J Kidd, he talked to me at shoot around this
morning and told me to just go out and do what you do. He said stop listening to everybody.
When you are shooting bad you have all kinds of coaches and as a shooter you want to
continue to shoot and you figure it is going to break through sooner or later and tonight it
did for me. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come."


    Piston GD Will Bynum (two injured ankles) did not make the two game Texas
road trip.
    Outspoken Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ripped the NFL Tuesday for cauasing
a Big D scheduling conflict. The NFL scheduled the Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas
Cowboys first round playoff game opposite an already sold-out Mavs home contest
vs the Utah Jazz. Cuban expects lots of no-shows Saturday night.
    Detroit visits San Antonio Wednesday night in the last half of back-to-back



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