At halftime, Deron Williams and the Dallas Mavericks flushed a treacherous first half and nearly climbed all the way back, but they fell just short of the road victory against the Detroit Pistons

D-Will finished with 12 points and six assists, but Dallas couldn’t climb out of a 62-35 halftime hole in a 98-91 defeat at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

“We burned the first half at halftime,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “The second half has got to be the norm for us. The first half was an embarrassment, and we all know it and we all own it. It cost us the game, it’s pretty clear.”

Dallas Mavericks v Detroit Pistons

Detroit opened on a 10-0 run, and that 10-point lead was the difference in a 27-17 first quarter. That deficit only grew in the second. The Mavs were out of sorts through the first two quarters and trailed by 27 at the break.

“We had no energy, no bounce about ourselves,” said forward Dirk Nowitzki. “It was one of the worst halves we’ve played all season, and you could tell in the second we had a lot more bounce.”

However, D-Will and Co. regrouped at halftime and mounted a run of their own. Deron accounted for 14 of the Mavs’ 28 second-quarter points, including two 3-pointers by Nowitzki. The Dallas run cut the Detroit lead to 78-63.

The Mavs kept fighting in the fourth. Deron hit a huge 3-pointer at the 4:07 mark to make it just an eight-point game. Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Mavericks came until D-Will canned another trey with three seconds to go. But with the gap still at seven points, it was too little, too late.

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The Mavs will enjoy some time off for the 2017 NBA All-Star Break. They’ll return to action Friday on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves.