61
      Monday
      84 / 65
      Tuesday
      87 / 70
      Wednesday
      88 / 68

      Mavericks blow lead but beat Pistons 102-99


      O.J. Mayo scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 102-99 on Friday night when Charlie Villanueva missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.


      Dallas began the night 4½ games behind eighth-place Utah in the race for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Mavericks blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing Detroit to go ahead 97-96 on a 3-pointer by Khris Middleton.


      Dirk Nowitzki made two straight shots to put Dallas ahead by three. It was 100-99 after Villanueva caught Jose Calderon's airball and made a layup with 6 seconds left.


      Darren Collison made two free throws for the Mavericks, and Villanueva missed from the left corner.

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