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Mavericks beat Pistons and reach 50 wins

DETROIT – Luka Doncic had 26 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 131-113 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

The Mavericks are 20 games over .500 for the first time since 2011, when they ran for the NBA title. They are poised to have home-field advantage in the playoffs for the first time since Jason Kidd was their point guard during the championship season.

Dallas reached the 50-win mark for the first time in seven years and for only the second time since capturing its only NBA title.

Jalen Brunson had 24 points for the Mavericks, who have won five of their last six games to build momentum for the playoffs, which start next week.

Rookie of the Year candidate Cade Cunningham had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who had won three straight to match their longest winning streak.

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