Sports
6:25 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Mavericks hand Pistons 10th straight loss

DALLAS – Jason Terry scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a slow start to hand Detroit its 10th consecutive loss, beating the Pistons 98-93 Tuesday night.

The Pistons, who last won Dec. 12, hadn't dropped 10 in a row since the end of the 1993-94 season. They lost their final 13 games that season.

The Mavericks were coming off a 131-96 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Lakers, their most lopsided setback of the season. Dallas shot 29 percent in the opening quarter and trailed by 14 in the first half on Tuesday.

Drew Gooden had 10 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, including a career-best nine on the offensive end. Shawn Marion added 18 points.

Detroit's Richard Hamilton scored 20 points, Charlie Villanueva had 17 and Rodney Stuckey, who missed a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left that could have tied it, had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.