Mavs Top Pistons, Win 5th Straight

Nash-less Suns best Pacers in OT; Kobe and friends destroy Hornets
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2008 12:20 AM CST
Indiana Pacers' Shawne Williams (4) blocks the path of Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, left, to the basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Detroit Pistons dropped consecutive games for only the second time this season as they lost 102-86 to the Dallas Mavericks. Coming off a tough home loss to the Celtics, Detroit hoped to bounce back against Dallas but were barely competitive. They led for only 14 seconds the entire game. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 23 points, reports the AP. Elsewhere in the NBA:

  • Phoenix overcame a 16-point deficit in regulation to beat Indiana 129-122 in overtime. The victory was all the more impressive as Steve Nash needed to leave the game with the stomach flu.
  • Kobe Bryant and the Lakers turned what was supposed to be a compelling matchup of two hot teams into a rout, blowing out the Hornets 109-80. Bryant scored 19 in the win.