NBA: Luka Donsick loses to Pistons to lead Mavericks to 50th victory

Luca Donsick # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts against the Detroit Pistons during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena on April 06, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.

Luca Donsick # 77 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts against the Detroit Pistons during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena on April 06, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. Nick Antaya / Getty Images / AFP

Luka Donsick had 26 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks reached the 50-point mark on Wednesday, pulling away the host Detroit Pistons 131-113.

In the last 2014-15 season, the Mavericks (50-30) won 50 regular seasons. Although Donsic failed to reach the 30-point mark for the first time in six games, the Mavericks have won their last six games for the fifth time.

Jalen Brunson provided 24 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Spencer Dinweed and Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 13 points. Marquez Chris and Josh Green added 12 points.

Cad Cunningham led the Pistons (23-57) with 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Isaiah Stuart contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds and Braxton Key tossed 14 points. Sabine Lee and Killian Hayes added 11 points, while Zamorko Pickett added 10 points.

The Mavericks shot 56.3 percent from the field and the Pistons held 42.7 percent shooting.

Donsick had 16 points and six assists in the first half as Dallas led 65-58. Brunson (13) and Dinwidel (11) combined for 24 points.

Key led the Pistons with 12 points and had 10 points per three teammates.

Reggie Bullock made two 3-pointers in just one minute of the third to give the Mavericks a 72-69 lead. Cunningham made two baskets and added two assists in the next two minutes to cut Dallas’ advantage to 84-77.

Then Mavericks went ahead 9-0. Brunson spark it with the basket from the back. Donsick fires a 3-pointer, then finds Finnie-Smith for a dunk to stop it.

Cunningham made a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the quarter but the Pistons were still 99-86 behind in the fourth.

Davis Bartons extended Dallas’ lead to 105-88 by knocking out two 3-pointers in the first 1:02 of the fourth. The Pistons reduced their deficit to 9 with eight minutes left, but the Bartons then made another 3-pointer. The Mavericks held a two-point lead for the rest of the game.

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