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Shawn Marion (calf) inactive vs. Pistons

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Mavericks forward Shawn Marion is inactive for Friday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons due to a left calf contusion.

Marion got kicked in the calf during Wednesday night’s win over the Houston Rockets, when he scored a team-high-tying 22 points and was the primary defender on James Harden, who missed two contested, potentially tying shots in the final minute.

This is the eighth game that the 34-year-old Marion has missed this season. Marion, who is averaging 11.7 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game, missed five games in November with a sprained MCL in his left knee and two games in December due to a groin strain.

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Mavs waive 2010 first-round pick Jones

First-rounder Dominique Jones has been waived, the Dallas Mavericks announced Saturday afternoon.

Jones, a combo guard selected with the 25th pick in the 2010 draft, never made a significant impact for the Mavs. He averaged 3.1 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 80 games, including four starts.

Sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that patience with Jones had been dwindling for some time. When the Mavs wanted to send Jones back to the D-League for another assignment with the Texas Legends in Frisco, sources said that Jones balked, prompting the team to let him go Saturday.

The reality is that Jones likely would have been the player cut by Dallas had it made a trade before the Feb. 21 trade deadline that required opening up a roster spot.

In October, the Mavs opted not to pick up the team option for next season in Jones’ rookie contract, making it clear that he didn’t fit in the franchise’s future plans.

Before being released, Jones was one of only four players remaining on the Mavs’ roster from the 2010-11 title team. Like Rodrigue Beaubois, Jones didn’t play a second in that postseason, but he did commemorate the championship by getting a large tattoo of the Larry O’Brien Trophy on his neck.

The Mavs’ roster stands at 14 players after Jones’ release.

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3-pointer: Dirk says Mavs ‘got lucky’

The Mavericks are in no position to worry about style points with their wins.

But they also can’t afford to ignore glaring mistakes.

So while Dirk Nowitzki was pleased to escape Detroit with a 102-99 win after the Mavs blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, he expressed concern about Dallas’ defensive gaffes in the final nine minutes. He was especially alarmed about Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva getting a wide-open corner 3 on the final possession that could have sent the game into overtime.

“At least we were good enough down the stretch to win it, but we got lucky,” Nowitzki told reporters. “Villanueva was so wide open. We blew another coverage. I think we were switching that and one guy didn’t switch. Wide-open shot in the corner – he’ll probably make nine of 10 of those. We got lucky there.”

The bright side is that the Mavs managed to pull out a close win for the second straight game. They’ve had more than their share of tight losses this season, so Nowitzki felt a sense of relief after he knocked down a couple of midrange jumpers in the last two minutes to give the Mavs the lead for good.

“At least we’re winning some of those,” Nowitzki said. “I think two months ago, we would have even lost this one. At least this turned a little bit and we found a way to win it.”

Added Vince Carter: “A win is a win. It’s not about right now how pretty or how ugly they may be. It’s just as long as we get victories.”

A few more notes from the Mavs’ sigh-inducing W:

1. Marion iffy for Minnesota: Shawn Marion will probably be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Minnesota after sitting out Friday night’s win due to a bruised left calf.

“He’ll be day-to-day,” coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. “We don’t consider it serious, but we don’t want guys going out there that aren’t 100 percent. That’s not the right thing to do. … We need Shawn back when he can get back.”

Rookie Jae Crowder struggled after replacing Marion in the starting lineup, finishing with two points and no rebounds in 26 minutes. Crowder did have five assists, but the Mavs were outscored by 16 points with him on the floor.

Brandan Wright, on the other hand, took advantage of some minutes opened up by Marion’s absence. Wright, who got rare playing time at power forward with the second unit, had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, six rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes.

2. Big 0 for Mayo: O.J. Mayo had no turnovers for the third consecutive game, the first time he’s done that in his five-year career.

Mayo followed up his 13-point, 12-assist performance in Wednesday’s win over Houston by leading the Mavs with 22 points against the Pistons.

“It feels like the game is slowing down for him,” Nowitzki said. “He’s making the right decisions.”

3. Dirk dinged: Nowitzki wore a padded sleeve on his left arm as protection after coming down with a sudden case of elbow tendinits.

Not that he’s too concerned about the ailment.

“I could barely move it yesterday, but it was fine today,” Nowitzki told reporters after his 12-point, seven-rebound outing. “It’s my left hand and I don’t use my left hand very much anyway, so it’s fine.”

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Rapid Reaction: Mavericks 102, Pistons 99

How it happened: The Dallas Mavericks made it much more dramatic than they would have preferred, but they held off a bad Detroit Pistons team.

A flurry of 3-pointers by Mike James and Vince Carter stretched Dallas’ lead to 15 early in the fourth quarter, but Detroit roared off a 24-8 run to take a 97-96 lead — their first since the first quarter.

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Dirk Nowitzki, who was quiet for most of the night, came up with a couple of big buckets during crunch time. After Pistons rookie Khris Middleton‘s go-ahead corner 3 with 2:29 remaining, Nowitzki knocked down contested midrange jumpers on Dallas’ next two possessions, giving the Mavs the lead for good.

But Nowitzki, who finished with 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting, missed midrange jumpers on the Mavs’ last two possessions, leaving the door open for Detroit to send the game into overtime.

The 23-41 Pistons failed to take advantage of the opportunity. Charlie Villanueva’s tip-in with six seconds remaining, which trimmed the deficit to one, was Detroit’s only points in the final two minutes. Villanueva missed an open 3 with seconds remaining after Darren Collison‘s clutch free throws bumped the Mavs’ lead back to three.

O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 22 points, shooting 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Seven Mavs scored in double figures.

What it means: The Mavs have gotten out of their four-loss-in-five-games rut with two straight wins. Dallas improved to 28-33, including 20-7 against teams that are under .500. The 11th-place Mavs are four games out of the eight seed in the West, pending Utah’s outcome against Chicago.

Play of the game: The most memorable plays weren’t quite highlights. Pick your favorite Pistons blooper: Jason Maxiell getting stuffed by the rim on an uncontested dunk, or Brandon Knight missing a breakaway layup.

Stat of the night: James is 11-of-20 from 3-point range over the past four games, including 4-of-6 against the Pistons. The hot streak represents a remarkable turnaround for the 37-year-old guard, who knocked down only seven of 32 3-point attempts this season before suddenly finding his range.

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Fistful of statistical tidbits from Mavsland

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Dirk on lineups: Too late for hard feelings

It’s pointless to try to predict what starting lineup Rick Carlisle is going to pull out of a hat.

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Brandan Wright made his first start in almost four months during Wednesday night’s win over the Houston Rockets. Think that’s strange? Mike James made his first start in almost five years!

That meant the yo-yo effect continued for one-year rentals Chris Kaman and Darren Collison. They’ve started the majority of the Mavericks’ games at center and point guard, respectively, but those starting roles are far from certain.

Look at Kaman’s last five games – he has three starts sandwiched by a pair of DNP-CDs. Collison has been benched in favor of Derek Fisher, Dominique Jones and James at different points this season.

It’s far from ideal to have two starting jobs decided on a game-by-game basis at this point of the year, but this has been a far from ideal season. That’s why Dirk Nowitzki, who is still a lock to start at power forward, doesn’t have a whole lot of sympathy for his teammates who are bouncing back and forth between the starting lineup and bench.

“It really doesn’t matter,” Nowitzki said. “Everybody who is coming in has to contribute. It’s too late now for hard feelings. We’ve got to suck it up and play and try to help win some games.”

Carlisle had his reasons for the changes to the starting lineup against the Rockets, and it wasn’t just because the Mavs had to do something different after being embarrassed by Houston a few nights earlier.

James gave the Mavs a tough, physical, experienced defender on Jeremy Lin. Wright provided a significant boost of quickness and athleticism against a fast-tempo, quick-twitch team.

“All that worked out fine,” Carlisle said after the Mavs’ win, “but it was less about the lineup change and more about our attitude.”

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