Mavs at .500 after 100-86 rout of Pistons

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points, and
the Dallas Mavericks reached the .500 mark by routing the Detroit
Pistons 100-86 on Tuesday night.
The defending champion Mavericks (5-5) started their NBA title
defense slowly, losing four of their first five games, but they've
bounced back. Tuesday's win was their first on the road. Shawn
Marion scored 14 points and Vince Carter added 11 for Dallas, which
led by as many as 28 in the second half.
Will Bynum led Detroit with 20 points. The Pistons (2-8) have
lost five straight games, and this was actually the least lopsided
of the bunch thanks to a late run.
The Mavericks, playing without injured point guard Jason Kidd,
went on runs of 13-0 in the first quarter and 16-0 in the third.