Mayo breaks slump, leads Mavs past Pistons, 92-77
Collison, who missed a game with a sprained finger, said he wasn't thrilled to be coming off the bench after starting the first 14 games but would "do what I can for the team."
"The biggest stat is that we won the game and that's all I'm happy about," Collison said.
Once Mayo gave the Mavericks the lead, Vince Carter and Elton Brand made sure they held onto it. Carter hit four 3-pointers — three after halftime — for all 12 of his points, while Brand matched his season highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Brand had eight points in the fourth quarter, when Dallas had another 13-0 run to put the game away.
Knight scored five more points than his average just in the first half. He hit a 3-pointer that started a 9-0 run for a 38-30 Detroit lead midway through the second quarter. But he missed all six of his shots in the second half, when the Pistons shot 28 percent.
Center Greg Monroe was 4 of 17 from the field, and Dallas blocked nine shots — four by Brand and three from Chris Kaman.
"I'm not a jump shooter, so it feels even worse when shots are not falling because I know all of them are relatively close to the basket," Monroe said. "There's no excuse for that. I have to finish."
Kaman led the Mavericks with 10 points in the first half despite going to the bench with 5:54 left in the second after his third foul.
NOTES: The Mavericks play six of their next seven on the road. ... Carlisle started his head coaching career with the Pistons and was there for two seasons. He was NBA Coach of the Year the first season (2001-02) and led Detroit to the Eastern Conference finals in 2003. ... Mayo is the only Dallas player to start every game. A season ago, he was a reserve for all 66 games with Memphis. ... Monroe and Jason Maxiell combined for 27 rebounds for Detroit.
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