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He played only 22 minutes.We dont have a one-man team, Augustin said. We have different guys that can contribute every night. Its fun when were playing together like this and were winning.Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons said the Pistons are a different team from the one Dallas beat in Detroit last month.Night and day, Parsons said. Its all confidence. They obviously always had the talent, same coach, same players, same system, but theyre playing free and theyre playing confident right now.The Mavericks pulled within 81-77 with 8:10 to play, but after drawing a technical foul, Augustin made two 3-point shots to increase the lead to 10 points.Brandon Jennings added 14 points, and Jodie Meeks had 11 for Detroit. Andre Drummond had a game-high 19 rebounds for Detroit, which outrebounded the Mavericks 60-43.Dallas Dirk Nowitzki said,We have to all get in there and help Tyson (Chandler) out, Dallas Dirk Nowitzki said. Tysons been a stud on the boards, all year long, both ends of the floor.Chandler had 15 of the Mavericks 43 rebounds.We turned it over quite a bit and our shot-making wasnt great, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. When you cant mitigate a rebounding deficit with those two things in your favour, then its going to be tough.Nowitzki scored 19 points, while Monta Ellis had 16, Parsons 15 and Devin Harris 14.I give Detroit a lot of credit, Carlisle said. We just werent good enough tonight. I just know that Detroit competed at a very high level, and we didnt match it.TIP-INSPistons: They were coming off a 105-104 victory Tuesday at San Antonio after trailing by 18 points in the second quarter. ... Detroits most recent seven-game winning streak had come between Dec. 23, 2008, and Jan. 4, 2009. Five of the games in the current streak have been on the road.Mavericks: They won the only other game between the teams this season, 117-106 at Detroit on Dec. 17. That was their sixth straight win over the Pistons. ... Dallas had won the previous 11 games against Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Mavericks had made 45 per cent (43 for 95) of their 3-point attempts in the previous four games, but made just 27 per cent (6 for 22) against Detroit. ... Dallas has been outrebounded in six of the last seven games.RENEWING THE RECORDThe Pistons have a five-game road winning streak for the first time since 2007-08. They hadnt won in San Antonio and Dallas in the same season since 1996-97.Each team was playing its third game in four nights.KEEPING UP WITH THE SMITHSOn Dec. 22, the Pistons waived Josh Smith, but Van Gundy indicated that the move wasnt connected with the hot streak.I had no problems with Josh at all, Van Gundy said. Josh worked hard. Joshs a 10-year vet. I wanted to give other people opportunities, and it was going to cut his time and take the ball out of his hands. 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It turned out they needed each of those goals — plus one more — to finally beat the Carolina Hurricanes. Colin McDonald had two goals and an assist, and Martin also scored twice for the New York Islanders, who held on for a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night. "You could just tell it was going to be a bit of a crazy game," Martin said. "Obviously, you never want to give up a 4-0 lead but we held on and found a way to win." McDonald scored both of his goals in New Yorks four-goal first period. Cal Clutterbuck and Martin also scored in the burst that produced four goals in a span of 7:15. A combined 20 players had a point in this matchup of the bottom two teams in the Metropolitan Division. "Were not going to make the playoffs this year, but guys are fighting for jobs for next year," McDonald said. Andrei Loktionov had a goal and an assist, Jeff Skinner and Alexander Semin each scored power-play goals, and Nathan Gerbe added a goal for Carolina, which fell to 5-10 since the Olympic break. Cam Ward stopped six shots but allowed three goals before he was replaced by Anton Khudobin 6:12 in. Khudobin made 21 saves. Anders Nilsson stopped 24 shots for the Islanders, who are 13-4-1 in their last 18 road games and have won three of four overall. Carolinas best chance to force overtime came when rookie Elias Lindholm drew a holding penalty on Kevin Czuczman with 4:48 left. But Nilsson caught Semins knuckling wrister with 2:55 to play. This game was a fitting metaphor for an inconsistent season for the seventh-place Hurricanes — who were both bad enough to fall into a 4-0 hole against the last-place Islanders, yet good enough to come back. "The effort and the preparation hass got to be better," veteran defenceman Jay Harrison said. Zach Cunningham Jersey. "Theres no excuse and theres no secret recipe. Thats the bottom line. Thats the only way." Skinner started the rally 9 seconds into a delay-of-game penalty on Johan Sundstrom, snapping the puck past Nilsson at 12:38 of the first. Loktionov made it a two-goal game by beating the goalie from a tough angle 2:28 later. When Semin struck from the wing on another power play 2:42 into the second to make it 4-3, that deep deficit was nearly gone. Even after Martin put the Islanders up 5-3 with 3:03 left in the second with his second goal — a slick one-timer from between the circles — Gerbe made it a one-goal game 22 seconds later when he scored from a tight angle. It was a stark reversal to the start, when the Islanders built a four-goal lead in less than 11 minutes. But maybe not a surprise for Carolina — which has been outscored 61-37 in first periods this season. "You cant come out and spot a team four goals in the first period and think youre going to come back and win the hockey game," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. 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