Jackson, Drummond lead Pistons over last-place Mavs

Detroit Pistons, Tobias Harris
Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34) drives against Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

DALLAS (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 20 points, Andre Drummond led a dominant rebounding effort with 17 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-85 on Wednesday night.

Jon Leuer had a season-high 19 points off the bench as the Pistons beat the team with the worst record in the Western Conference three nights after losing to Philadelphia, the last-place team in the East.

Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first 7 1/2 minutes and the Pistons had a 29-9 edge on the boards at halftime and 50-30 for the game. The 6-foot-11 center had more rebounds than Dallas by himself until the middle of the third quarter, when the Mavericks finally went ahead 15-14.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points.

The Pistons went on a 27-5 run covering about 10 minutes in the third and fourth quarters, turning a 64-52 deficit into their first double-digit lead at 79-69 after an alley-oop layup by Aron Baynes with about 5 minutes remaining.

Dallas’ Wesley Matthews had a season-low four points on 2-of-10 shooting, ending a three-game stretch with at least 25 points. Deron Williams scored 16 but was just 3 of 13 as one of the NBA’s worst-shooting teams finished at 41 percent, just below its average.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer when the Mavericks were within four points with about 3 minutes remaining.


Pistons: Baynes had 10 rebounds and eight points. … The Pistons were tied 43-all at halftime despite the huge rebounding edge, in part because of 13 turnovers to just three for Dallas.

Mavericks: C Salah Mejri injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Dallas is already missing starter Andrew Bogut with a right knee injury, and there’s no timetable for his return. … Dirk Nowitzki missed his 10th straight game and 18th in the past 20 with a strained right Achilles tendon. G J.J. Barea missed his 15th straight with a left calf strain.


Pistons: Friday at Washington, where Detroit has lost four straight games.

Mavericks: Friday at Utah, where Dallas lost 97-81 to drop to 0-4 on the way to a franchise-worst 0-5 start.