While Dirk Nowitzki was rediscovering his jump shot, the Dallas Mavericks were collecting their first road win of the season.

And along the way, the Mavs discovered a capable backup to the injured Jason Kidd.

A good time was had by all Tuesday night as the Mavs beat up the hapless Detroit Pistons 100-86 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. In sending the Pistons to their fifth straight loss, the Mavs forced 20 turnovers, shot 55.1 percent from the field and were relentless on defense.

Nowitzki, who entered the game with just 16 points on 5-of-22 shooting during the past two games, busted out of his slump by scoring 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Yet it was the solid all-around play of point guard Delonte West that really grabbed coach Rick Carlisle's attention.