Barea's twenty-nine points lead Dallas to 98-89 win over Pistons

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 5:27 AM

The win moved Dallas a half-game ahead of UT for seventh space in the Western Conference, with the Jazz playing later Friday. Even with the loss, Detroit leads eighth-place IN by a half-game and ninth-place Chicago by one ½ games in the East.

Barea's twenty-nine points lead Dallas to 98-89 win over Pistons

Jose Barea scored twenty-nine points and Dirk Nowitzki added nineteen as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 98-89 on Friday night.

The win moved Dallas a half-game ahead of UT for seventh space in the Western Conference, with the Jazz playing later Friday.

Even with the loss, Detroit leads eighth-place IN by a half-game and ninth-place Chicago by one ½ games in the East. The Pistons visit the Bulls on Saturday.

Marcus Morris led the Pistons with a season-high twenty-nine points, while Andre Drummond had twelve points and seventeen rebounds.

Morris scored sixteen points in the first quarter, but Detroit'south reserves struggled at the start of the second. Dallas keep up the first fifteen points of the quarter to get a 40-25 lead, forcing Stan Van Gundy to rush his starters back onto the floor.

They stopped the surge, but Dallas still had a 51-36 lead at the half. Morris had twenty-two for Detroit, but Barea had nineteen points for the Mavericks while his opposing point guard, Reggie Jackson, was 0 for seven with four turnovers.

Van Gundy switched defensive stopper Kentavious Caldwell-Pope onto Barea, and Detroit got back into the game. Jackson scored seven points in the first six minutes of the third, and Morris' sixth 3-pointer tied the score at 58.

Dallas, though, regained control as soon as Van Gundy keep in his reserves. They led 71-61 at the finish of the third, but couldn't keep the Pistons away.

Stanley Johnson and Caldwell-Pope hit back-to-back three to create it 77-73 with 8:19 left, but Van Gundy had to draw Drummond because of intentional fouls with 4:33 left.

With Caldwell-Pope giving up seven inches to guard the 7-foot Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews got to the line for a three-point play and an eight-point lead. After Morris missed, two free throws by Devin Harris made it 95-85 with 2:05 to play.

TIP INS

Mavericks: With Deron Williams (abdominal strain) and Raymond Felton (groin strain) both sidelined, Harris was the only traditional guard on the Dallas bench... Charlie Villanueva, who was on the floor for the Mavericks' 15-0 run, was booed by Pistons fans every time he touched the ball. He played five seasons for Detroit.

Pistons: Drummond missed eight of his first ten free throws, and was pulled in both the third and fourth quarters when the Mavericks began to intentionally foul.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At MN on Sunday.

Pistons: At Chicago on Saturday.

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