The Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks at home (131-125 AD), Thursday, during the only meeting of NBA in the program of the day. The Michigan franchise thus ended a three-game losing streak and gave up the 15th and last place in the Eastern Conference to the Orlando Magic.
Dallas snatch overtime
In this very attacking game, the score was 36-36 at the end of the first quarter, with 14 points already scored by Luka Doncic, the star of Dallas. And, at the break, the two teams continued to follow each other closely (61-60 for Detroit). The Pistons then managed to take a lead of twelve points (97-85, 36th).
But, in the last quarter, the visitors caught up (104-103, 40th). Not enough to destabilize Detroit, which started again (113-104, 44th). But, one minute and thirty seconds from the buzzer, Dallas signed an 8-0 which allowed him to snatch the extension (117-117).
Hayes wins Detroit
The Texans took control first, within five minutes of extra play (123-119). It was finally Detroit who won, thanks to Killian Hayes. The young French leader (21) scored two three-point shots in quick succession that won his team.
Hayes finished the game with 22 points (10/13 in shooting including 2/4 at three points). This is his best performance of the season and the second of his career, after the 26 points scored last April against Oklahoma City. Killian Hayes also had four rebounds and eight assists.
Bogdanovic top scorer
Bojan Bogdanovic, the Croatian winger from Detroit, was the best scorer of the game, with 30 points (10/14 in shooting including 5/6 from three points). In the ranks of the Mavericks, Luka Doncic scored 35 points (13/25 including 7/14 from three points) and signed eight assists. Franck Ntilikina, the French leader of Dallas, did not come into play.
The Detroit Pistons will play again on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Dallas Mavericks, they will have replayed the day before, at the New York Knicks.