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Andre Drummond of Detroit Pistons says he feels good after missing out on three games in the league's concussion protocol.
Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press

DALLAS – The Detroit Pistons had a chance to clinch a major road victory on Friday night.

But a Pistons scoring drought ended their chance to win two games in the three games -game trip.

Rookie Luka Doncic was as good as he was advertised with 32 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as he led the Dallas Mavericks to a 106-101 victory in the American Airlines Arena.

The Pistons struggled to limit the likelihood of rookie of the year, so coach Dwane Casey had to play late against Stanley Johnson.

Johnson narrowed Doncic well but is not a goal threat as he was 0-6 in the evening.

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Dallas Mavericks striker Luka Doncic (77) drives into the basket against Detroit Pistons striker Stanley Johnson (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas on Friday, January 25, 2019. (Photo: LM Otero, AP)

And when Doncic's Fadeaway jumper with 1:20 remaining points gave the Mavericks a 104-97 lead, the Pistons were done.

Blake Griffin scored 35 points. Andre Drummond returned to the lineup after missing out on three games in the NBA concussion protocol.

He finished the race with 23 points, 15 rebounds and three steals.

The Mavericks (22-26) were 14: 3 from 3: 3. Point Range.

Dennis Smith Jr., who is linked to rumors of rumors in Pistons rumors, ended up with 19 points and five assists.

Reggie Jackson scored 12 points and added nine assists for the Pistons (21-27).

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The launch of the second quarter saw the launch of the Starting signal for the second quarter.

The barrel was fueled by Doncic.

Doncic scored 11 points and added three assists in the second quarter as the Mavericks were 6/10 in the 3-point area.

The Pistons retreated after a Smith-Layup after a turnover of around 13

But the Pistons reduced the deficit to 62-54 behind Griffin Seven Points to close the quarter.

Quick Start

25. January 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks striker Lukas Doncic (77) laughs in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at the American Airlines Center on Friday, January 25, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)

With the return From Drummond into the grid, the Pistons jumped to a quick start.

Each starter had reached the 5:26 score of the first quarter when Reggie Jackson nailed a 3-pointer to give the Pistons a 14-8 lead.

The ball movement was crisp and everyone hit the ball with possessions, with Bruce Brown scoring five points.

The Pistons stretched the lead to 17-8 on a Brown 3-pointer.

Six Pistons scored when they had opted for a quarter for 28-23.

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Contact Vince Ellis: vellis@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @ vincent_ellis56 .