Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
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Mavericks114
Game 2: Wednesday, November 27th
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Pistons82

Pistons 75

(5-2, 3-2 away)

Mavericks 114

 

    7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2002

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 20 23 10 2275
    DAL 37 31 27 19114

    Top Performers

    Detroit: R. Hamilton 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast

    Dallas: M. Finley 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Defensive Pistons can't slow down Mavericks

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks expected their first serious test of the season from the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, but the game soon deteriorated into a rout.

    Steve Nash
    Nash

    Michael Finley
    Finley

    Michael Finley had 25 points and Steve Nash added 17 as Dallas continued its franchise-best start with a 114-75 runaway over the road-weary Pistons.

    Eduardo Najera scored 16 points, Shawn Bradley had 14 and Dirk Nowitzki 12 for the Mavericks (6-0), the league's only unbeaten team.

    "We set the tone early and got things rolling and we kept it rolling,'' Bradley said. "We didn't give them an opportunity to get back in the game.''

    Dallas finished with four turnovers, matching the franchise low and one short of the NBA record shared by four teams.

    "We did an outstanding job of taking care of the ball,'' said Nash, who had 10 assists and no turnovers.

    Richard Hamilton's 19 points and Clifford Robinson's 13 paced the Pistons (5-2), who had been off to their best start since 1996-97 but were dragging from a five-game road trip.

    "We played really well tonight,'' Nash said. "They're getting off a 10-day road trip so they might have been a little tired.''

    Mavericks coach Don Nelson's emphasis on improving his team's defense has been producing results. The Pistons shot just 36 percent (26-for-73) from the field and 2-for-20 on 3-pointers.

    Dallas raced to a 37-20 advantage after the first quarter behind Nash's nine points. The Mavericks went on to lead by as many as 28 in the second quarter (63-35 with 2:13 left until halftime).

    The Mavericks took control early, starting the game with a 26-11 run capped by Raja Bell's 3-pointer.

    Finley led the way with 16 points as the Mavericks built a 68-43 halftime edge.

    In the first half, the Pistons had few answers for the Mavericks' zone defense, shooting 14-for-40 from the field and 1-for-11 from 3-point range.

    "We don't have individual stoppers on defense so we have to do it as a team,'' Nelson said. "We've worked hard on the zone and it's pretty decent.''

    The Mavericks removed any doubt as to the game's outcome, turning it into a rout with a 27-10 third quarter for a 95-53 lead.

    "We got outworked and outplayed in every facet of the game,'' Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "The game was nowhere near as close as what the score was. They played great.''

    Game notes


    Dallas led by as many as 52 points and threatened to break the team's largest margin of victory, 45 points in a 149-104 rout of the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 15, 1985. ...Detroit's defense had been allowing 76.7 points per game, but Dallas had 68 in the first half. ...Detroit guard Chauncey Billups was ejected with 10:27 left in the third quarter for throwing the ball at the referees. ...With Friday night's 114-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Mavericks have won their last two games by a total of 66 points. The 39-point win was the fifth-largest margin of victory in Mavericks history. ...Detroit's franchise-low point total was 64 against San Antonio in 1999.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DET
    DAL
    Points 75 114
    FGM-FGA 26-73 (.356) 41-79 (.519)
    3PM-3PA 2-20 (.100) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 24-28 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 5-39
    Assists 15 24
    Turnovers 15 4
    Steals 2 10
    Blocks 1 2
    Fast Break Points 2 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (3/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Detroit
    Dallas
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 19
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Michael Finley Finley
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0