Nowitzki went 9-19, including 2-7 from three-point range. Dallas also got solid performances from Vince Carter with 18 points and 6 rebounds, Monta Ellis with 12 points and 13 assists, and Samuel Dalembert with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Smith had another quality performance for Detroit in the loss, scoring 32 points on 14-20 shooting from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line. Greg Monroe chipped in 17 points and 17 rebounds.
This drops Detroit (23-33) to 0-2 against Dallas on the year.
Coming up, the Mavericks battle the New York Knicks, who are 21-35 on the season. The Pistons go up against the Golden State Warriors, currently sitting at 33-22 this year. The Mavericks have a 0-1 record against New York this season. The Pistons have a 0-1 record against Golden State this season.