Not much has gone right for Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks so far in 2012. With Dirk Nowitzki sidelined with a knee injury, the Mavericks limped out of the gate to a 7-9 start. Dallas, however, took a step in the right direction this weekend, beating the lowly Detroit Pistons on Saturday and improving to 8-9.
Dallas won the contest easily, topping Detroit, 92-77. Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo led all scorers in the contest with 27 points, while Darren Collison dished out a game-high eight assists in Dallas' win.
Even with the win, the Mavericks still find themselves in fourth place in the NBA's Southwest division. Dallas trails the division-leading Memphis Grizzles (12-3) by five full games, and also trails the San Antonio Spurs (14-4) and Houston Rockets (8-8).
San Antonio knocked off Memphis in overtime on Saturday, 99-95, in one of the more exciting early season Southwest division games.
Dallas will look to move up in the standings and even up its record at .500 on Wednesday, when the Mavericks take on the Clippers.