For three quarters, Dirk Nowitzki was practically flying solo. Finally, he got some help down the stretch.
Nowitzki had a season-high 42 points with 12 rebounds, carrying the Dallas Mavericks to an 88-84 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Jason Terry added 16 points and Caron Butler contributed 11 points and eight rebounds to help the Mavericks to their fifth straight win over the Pistons.
Nowitzki went 13 for 23 from the field, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts, and converted 13 of 16 free throws.
“It was winning time and the big German was hot,” Terry said. “He was tremendous. It never ceases to amaze me the way he’s able to fill it up.”