DALLAS -- O.J. Mayo fueled a massive third-quarter run that rallied the Dallas Mavericks past the cold-shooting Detroit Pistons 92-77 Saturday night at American Airlines Center.
Mayo drilled 16 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter when Dallas outscored Detroit, 25-11. The Mavs opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 burst to lead 80-61 after the Pistons held a 48-42 lead at halftime.
It was a much-needed win for Dallas, which had lost three in a row and on Friday acquired Derek Fisher to take over as the starting point guard for Darren Collison.
"There's just been a real sense of urgency. We needed to get off the snide," said Mavs forward Elton Brand, who produced one of his biggest games of the season with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. "We have lost a few games that we thought we could have won. Coach [Rick Carlisle] is giving me the opportunity to play and if I'm out there I always think I can help the team win."
The Mavs shot just 45.5 percent from the floor, but were 9-of-16 from beyond the arc in the second half with Mayo connecting for six. Dallas was 2-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half and trailed 48-42 at the half.
"(Dallas) became very confident and very tough to defend," said Detroit guard Brandon Wright, who scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the first half.
Detroit lost its second game in as many nights and dropped its 10th road game in 11 tries. The Pistons scored just 29 points in the second half, practically getting outscored by Mayo, who poured in 24.
"We got stops and we got in transition," Carlisle said. "Detroit was a tired team because they played a hard, physical game last night in Memphis."
Collison came off the bench for the second time this season and played with a sprained right middle finger. He scored just five points, but assisted on eight baskets. Fisher, 38, played in his first game since Game 6 of the NBA Finals with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played 24 minutes and had two points on 1-of-8 shooting with three assists and two steals.
Vince Carter aided Brand off the Dallas bench with 12 points and five assists. Chris Kaman had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Nobody caught fire for the Pistons in a bewildering second half that led to Detroit shooting just 34.1 percent from the floor.
"Did you see the type of shots we were getting," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "We missed 29 shots within two feet of the basket. So, the problem is we've got to make those shots."
One of the bigger culprits for Detroit was team scoring leader Greg Monroe, who was 4-of-17 from the floor. A 46.6 percent shooter on the season, Monroe missed several close shots and finished with eight points, half his average.
"I made a few early ones, but then I started rushing my shots," Monroe said. "I wasn't taking my time on the floor. ... It did start to snowball on me. When you miss a few, it makes it worse."
Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince both finished with 12 points for the Pistons.
NOTES: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the NBA was right to fine the Spurs $250,000 for sending four players, including stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, home prior to Thursday's TNT game against Miami because the league has to protect its network partners. ... Dallas released forward Troy Murphy on Friday to make room on the roster for Fisher, forcing the Mavs to go with a smaller lineup. Rookie Jae Crowder started Saturday at small forward with Shawn Marion at power forward. ... The Pistons lost for the fifth consecutive time in Dallas.