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Doncic's triple-double lifts Mavs past Pistons in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) Luka Doncic’s Spanish was flawless. His game was pretty good, too.

Doncic scored 41 points and posted his eighth triple-double of the season, Seth Curry added a season-high 30 points off the bench and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Detroit Pistons 122-111 on Thursday night in the opener of the NBA Mexico Games.

Doncic finished with 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who at 17-7 are off to their best 24-game start since posting the same mark at this point of the 2014-15 season.

“He picked us apart," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.

Curry scored 18 points in the second quarter alone for Dallas. The Mavericks trailed by seven late in the first half, then went on a 14-0 run before intermission and eventually led by as many as 24.

Curry became the first Dallas reserve to score 30 off the bench since Jason Terry had 34 against San Antonio on Jan. 29, 2012.

“Even when Detroit was playing zone, our guys were making an effort to drive-and-kick, drive-and-kick and find Seth ultimately for the shot," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Real happy for him. He did everything. He drove it. He shot it. He made a couple good plays on the breaks. He made a couple good passes. He was a huge contributor tonight."

Doncic’s eight triple-doubles already match his total from last season. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points for the Mavericks, who outrebounded Detroit 52-34.

“I think we're getting better and better every day," Doncic said. “He's going to get better. I'm going to get better. And with us two, the team is going to get way better."

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Derrick Rose scored 19 points and Markieff Morris added 16 for Detroit, which got 12 from Tony Snell and 10 apiece from Christian Wood and Blake Griffin.

“Back to the drawing board," Casey said. “Dallas is a great team. Rick's done a heck of a job with that team. But we missed a lot of shots that we normally make. And then defensively, I thought we missed a lot of rotations."

It was the 29th game in Mexico since 1992, the most of any country other than the U.S. or Canada in that span and came on a night where the NBA announced that Capitanes - a Mexico City-based team in that country’s top pro league - will be joining the G League starting next season.

“Playing out here was incredible," Drummond said. “The atmosphere was outstanding."

Doncic addressed the Mexico City crowd pregame - to their delight - in flawless Spanish, before turning the microphone over to Griffin. “Hola, Mexico,” was the extent of Griffin’s Spanish offering, as he grinned and a very amused Doncic looked on standing a few feet away.

The night didn't get much easier for Griffin from there: He shot just 3 for 16, and 1 for 10 from 3-point range.

Doncic, meanwhile, went on to post his second 40-point triple-double of the season. He’s the first player in NBA history to have multiple 40-point triple-doubles before turning 21; he doesn’t celebrate that birthday until Feb. 28.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: It was the third time Dallas played a regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada - the Mavs played Houston in 1997-98 and Phoenix in 2016-17, both in Mexico City. ... NBA Commissioner Adam Silver misspoke before the game at a news conference, introducing deputy commissioner Mark Tatum as “Mark Cuban” - the Mavs’ owner.

Pistons: Before Thursday, Detroit’s only other regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada was Jan. 17, 2013 - a loss to New York in London. ... This was only Detroit’s second chance at a three-game winning streak so far this season. The Pistons had won two straight before losing to Milwaukee on Dec. 4, and had won two straight again before Thursday.

AVOCADO WOES

Drummond was a game-time decision because the Pistons said he had an allergic reaction to an avocado. He had swelling around his eyes Wednesday, but played as planned.

SECOND GAME

San Antonio plays Phoenix in Mexico City on Saturday. It’ll count as a home game for the Suns. This is the first time that the NBA has brought four teams to the Mexico games.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Miami on Saturday.

Pistons: Visit Houston on Saturday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44 +3 Tony Snell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bruce Brown 0-3
11:29   Luka Doncic missed floating jump shot  
11:26   Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin  
11:23   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Offensive rebound by Bruce Brown  
11:13 +2 Andre Drummond made reverse layup, assist by Bruce Brown 0-5
10:57 +2 Tim Hardaway Jr. made jump shot 2-5
10:43   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:41   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
10:32   Kristaps Porzingis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   DAL team rebound  
10:28   Kristaps Porzingis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:25   Defensive rebound by Tony Snell  
10:17 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Bruce Brown 2-7
9:58   Luka Doncic missed turnaround jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:48 +2 Blake Griffin made driving dunk, assist by Luke Kennard 2-9
9:29   Shooting foul on Bruce Brown  
9:29   Luka Doncic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:29   DAL team rebound  
9:29   Luka Doncic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:25   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:15   Blake Griffin missed layup  
9:13   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
9:09   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:03   Personal foul on Luka Doncic  
8:50   Andre Drummond missed layup  
8:48   Defensive rebound by Dorian Finney-Smith  
8:43   Shooting foul on Tony Snell  
8:43 +1 Luka Doncic made 1st of 2 free throws 3-9
8:43   Luka Doncic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:42   Offensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
8:42   Shooting foul on Luke Kennard  
8:42   Luka Doncic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:42   DAL team rebound  
8:42 +1 Luka Doncic made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-9
8:30   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:26   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
8:20 +2 Dwight Powell made dunk, assist by Luka Doncic 6-9
8:07   Personal foul on Tim Hardaway Jr.  
7:56   Blake Griffin missed hook shot  
7:55   DET team rebound  
7:53   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:51   Offensive rebound by Bruce Brown  
7:51 +2 Bruce Brown made dunk 6-11
7:38 +3 Luka Doncic made 3-pt. jump shot 9-11
7:25   Bruce Brown missed driving layup, blocked by Kristaps Porzingis  
7:25   DET team rebound  
7:17 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot 9-13
7:02 +2 Luka Doncic made driving layup 11-13
6:44   Shooting foul on Dwight Powell  
6:44 +1 Andre Drummond made 1st of 2 free throws 11-14
6:44 +1 Andre Drummond made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-15
6:32   Kristaps Porzingis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:28   Offensive rebound by Dorian Finney-Smith  
6:26 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made layup, assist by Dorian Finney-Smith 13-15
6:02   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:00   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
5:45 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made driving layup, assist by Dorian Finney-Smith 15-15
5:34   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr.  
5:25   Lost ball turnover on Tim Hardaway Jr., stolen by Bruce Brown  
5:14 +3 Blake Griffin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bruce Brown 15-18
4:55 +3 Dorian Finney-Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luka Doncic 18-18
4:44   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:41   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
4:33 +2 Luka Doncic made finger-roll layup 20-18
4:23   Shooting foul on Kristaps Porzingis  
4:23 +1 Blake Griffin made 1st of 2 free throws 20-19
4:23   Blake Griffin missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:21   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
4:11   Maxi Kleber missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:06   Offensive rebound by Seth Curry  
4:04 +3 Luka Doncic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Seth Curry 23-19
3:41 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot, assist by Blake Griffin 23-21
3:19 +3 Maxi Kleber made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Seth Curry 26-21
3:02 +2 Andre Drummond made jump shot, assist by Derrick Rose 26-23
2:51   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:49   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
2:47   Shooting foul on Maxi Kleber  
2:47 +1 Langston Galloway made 1st of 2 free throws 26-24
2:47 +1 Langston Galloway made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-25
2:34   Seth Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:30   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
2:21 +2 Derrick Rose made turnaround jump shot 26-27
2:09   Personal foul on Andre Drummond  
2:03   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
1:54   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
1:41   Shooting foul on Christian Wood  
1:41 +1 Luka Doncic made 1st of 3 free throws 27-27
1:41 +1 Luka Doncic made 2nd of 3 free throws 28-27
1:41 +1 Luka Doncic made 3rd of 3 free throws 29-27
1:27   Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:24   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
1:21 +3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luka Doncic 32-27
1:03   Lost ball turnover on Markieff Morris, stolen by Seth Curry  
0:46 +2 Seth Curry made driving layup, assist by Dorian Finney-Smith 34-27
0:36 +2 Christian Wood made dunk, assist by Markieff Morris 34-29
0:32   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Christian Wood  
0:13   Derrick Rose missed jump shot  
0:10   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
0:00   Justin Jackson missed jump shot  
0:00   DAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Offensive foul on Seth Curry  
11:47   Turnover on Seth Curry  
11:33   Derrick Rose missed driving layup  
11:32   Offensive rebound by Christian Wood  
11:32 +2 Christian Wood made dunk 34-31
11:09 +3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Brunson 37-31
10:42   Langston Galloway missed driving layup  
10:42   DET team rebound  
10:42   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
10:29 +2 Seth Curry made jump shot 39-31
10:19 +2 Christian Wood made driving dunk, assist by Langston Galloway 39-33
10:01   Dorian Finney-Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:58   Defensive rebound by Christian Wood  
9:54   Personal foul on Seth Curry  
9:46   Derrick Rose missed reverse layup  
9:43   Defensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
9:40 +3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jackson 42-33
9:19   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:13   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:13 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk 42-35
9:04   Bad pass turnover on Jalen Brunson, stolen by Andre Drummond  
9:02 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk 42-37
8:55 +3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Brunson 45-37
8:27 +3 Markieff Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Derrick Rose 45-40
8:12 +2 Jalen Brunson made floating jump shot 47-40
7:47 +2 Markieff Morris made driving layup 47-42
7:36 +2 Jalen Brunson made fade-away jump shot 49-42
7:16 +2 Luke Kennard made floating jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 49-44
7:00 +2 Seth Curry made jump shot 51-44
6:50   Personal foul on Jalen Brunson  
6:38   3-second violation turnover on Andre Drummond  
6:25   Kristaps Porzingis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:21   Offensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
6:19   Justin Jackson missed floating jump shot  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
6:12 +2 Andre Drummond made layup 51-46
5:53   Kristaps Porzingis missed jump shot  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin  
5:43 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Blake Griffin 51-48
5:25   Lost ball turnover on Luka Doncic, stolen by Andre Drummond  
5:22   Shooting foul on Jalen Brunson  
5:22 +1 Bruce Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 51-49
5:22 +1 Bruce Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-50
5:09   Kristaps Porzingis missed turnaround jump shot  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
5:00   Tony Snell missed jump shot  
4:57   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
4:42   Luka Doncic missed turnaround jump shot  
4:39   DET team rebound  
4:30   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:25   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
4:18   Dwight Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:16   DET team rebound  
4:02 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot 51-53
3:47   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
3:35 +2 Blake Griffin made layup 51-55
3:35   Violation  
3:20   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:17   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
3:02 +3 Tony Snell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Blake Griffin 51-58
2:44 +2 Luka Doncic made driving layup 53-58
2:44   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
2:44 +1 Luka Doncic made free throw 54-58
2:31   Luke Kennard missed running Jump Shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
2:22   Shooting foul on Bruce Brown  
2:22   Dwight Powell missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:22   DAL team rebound  
2:22 +1 Dwight Powell made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-58
2:12   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:08   Defensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr.  
2:00   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:57   Offensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
1:53 +2 Seth Curry made jump shot 57-58
1:30   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:28   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
1:20 +3 Luka Doncic made 3-pt. jump shot 60-58
0:59   Derrick Rose missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:56   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
0:47   Kristaps Porzingis missed driving layup, blocked by Andre Drummond  
0:44   Offensive rebound by Seth Curry  
0:43   Seth Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:40   Offensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
0:39 +3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kristaps Porzingis 63-58
0:30   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Seth Curry  
0:10 +2 Luka Doncic made reverse layup 65-58
0:02   Andre Drummond missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Kristaps Porzingis missed turnaround jump shot  
11:44   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
11:29   Andre Drummond missed layup  
11:27   Defensive rebound by Luka Doncic  
11:23 +2 Dwight Powell made finger-roll layup, assist by Luka Doncic 67-58
10:58   Blake Griffin missed hook shot  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
10:50 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made dunk, assist by Luka Doncic 69-58
10:34   Violation  
10:23   Bruce Brown missed driving dunk, blocked by Kristaps Porzingis  
10:22   DAL team rebound  
10:00   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
10:00 +1 Kristaps Porzingis made 1st of 2 free throws 70-58
10:00 +1 Kristaps Porzingis made 2nd of 2 free throws 71-58
9:42 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk, assist by Luke Kennard 71-60
9:28 +2 Luka Doncic made driving layup 73-60
9:09   Bruce Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr.  
8:53   Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:50   Offensive rebound by Dorian Finney-Smith  
8:42 +3 Luka Doncic made 3-pt. jump shot 76-60
8:25   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:23   Defensive rebound by Tim Hardaway Jr.  
8:20   Lost ball turnover on Tim Hardaway Jr., stolen by Luke Kennard  
8:14   Blake Griffin missed driving layup, blocked by Kristaps Porzingis  
8:14   DET team rebound  
8:05   Out of bounds turnover on Derrick Rose  
7:52 +2 Dwight Powell made dunk, assist by Luka Doncic 78-60
7:33 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Derrick Rose 78-63
7:17 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made alley-oop shot, assist by Luka Doncic 80-63
6:59 +3 Derrick Rose made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luke Kennard 80-66
6:40   Dorian Finney-Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:36   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
6:37   Personal foul on Luka Doncic  
6:22   Luke Kennard missed reverse layup  
6:20   Defensive rebound by Dorian Finney-Smith  
6:13   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:09   Offensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
6:08 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made driving dunk, assist by Dwight Powell 82-66
5:55   Derrick Rose missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
5:36 +3 Dorian Finney-Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luka Doncic 85-66
5:23   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:19   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
5:13 +2 Luka Doncic made finger-roll layup 87-66
4:53   Andre Drummond missed hook shot  
4:51   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
4:36 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made fade-away jump shot, assist by Luka Doncic 89-66
4:21   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:19   Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell  
4:09   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
4:09   Luka Doncic missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:09   DAL team rebound  
4:09 +1 Luka Doncic made 2nd of 2 free throws 90-66
4:00 +3 Derrick Rose made 3-pt. jump shot 90-69
3:40 +3 Luka Doncic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Seth Curry 93-69
3:21   Lost ball turnover on Christian Wood, stolen by Dwight Powell  
3:15   Luka Doncic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:11   Defensive rebound by Christian Wood