"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
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.''
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.