Reggie Jackson, Jon Leuer lead Detroit Pistons to victory over Dallas Mavericks, 98-91
AUBURN HILLS (AP) — Reggie Jackson snapped out of his scoring slump and helped the Detroit Pistons head into the All-Star break with a win.
Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98- 91 Wednesday night.
“Shots just went in, and coach kept calling my number,” Jackson said after shooting 8 for 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 on 3-pointers. “(Dallas) just kept having coverages where they really didn’t come off our wings, nor did they want to leave Andre (Drummond). I was just a recipient of the coverage they played.”
It was Jackson’s first 20-point game since he had 24 at Miami on Jan. 28. He reached double digits just four times in nine games since, averaging 8.9 points during that stretch.
“I thought he played well tonight, and we needed it,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.
Jackson had 12 of his points in the first half, when the Pistons roared out to a 62-35 lead.
“We had no energy,” Dallas center Dirk Nowitzki said, “no bounce about ourselves. It was one of the worst halves we’ve played all season, and you could tell in the second we had a lot more bounce.”
Nowitzki led the way in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 24 points, to help the Mavericks rally.
Dallas pulled within eight midway through the fourth quarter, but the Pistons held them off the rest of the way.