Jackson, Drummond lead Pistons over last-place Mavs 95-85
DALLAS — Reggie Jackson took another step forward in his return from a knee injury.
Jackson scored 20 points — a season high in his sixth game — and Andre Drummond led a dominant rebounding effort with 17 as the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-85 on Wednesday night.
Detroit’s floor leader had nine points and three of his six assists in the fourth quarter, when the Pistons finished a run that started late in the third to overcome a 12-point Dallas lead. Jackson missed the first 21 games this season recovering from left knee tendinitis.
“That’s the player he can be,” said teammate Jon Leuer, who scored a season-high 19 points. “That’s the player we need him to be because he is a great floor general and a good leader for us.”
Leuer was a plus-25 off the bench as the Pistons beat the team with the worst record in the Western Conference three nights after losing to Philadelphia, the last-place team in the East.
Drummond grabbed 10 rebounds in the first 7 1/2 minutes and the Pistons had a 29-9 edge on the boards at halftime and 50-30 for the game. The 6-foot-11 center had more rebounds than Dallas by himself until the middle of the third quarter, when the Mavericks finally went ahead 15-14.
Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points.
The Pistons went on a 27-5 run covering about 10 minutes in the third and fourth quarters, turning a 64-52 deficit into their first double-digit lead at 79-69 after an alley-oop layup by Aron Baynes with about 5 minutes remaining.
Dallas’ Wesley Matthews had a season-low four points on 2-of-10 shooting, ending a three-game stretch with at least 25 points.
Deron Williams scored 16 but was just 3 of 13 as one of the NBA’s worst-shooting teams finished at 41 percent, just below its average.