Recap of the Hawks vs. Pistons game on 12-26-12
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 126-119 in double-overtime at home at Philips Arena. With the win, the Hawks improved to 17-9 on the season and 1-0 in the regular season series with the Pistons. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Louis Williams in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Devin Harris (sore left foot) did not dress. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith with a Hawks game-high-tying, Hawks season high 31 points. He also grabbed 10 boards and dished out six assists, giving him a double-double on the night. Al Horford added 22 points and 10 rebounds, giving him a double-double as well. Louis Williams contributed 18 points, eight boards, and seven assists. Jeff Teague scored 17 points and dished out 11 assists, giving him a double-double also. Anthony Morrow had 16 points off the bench. The leading scorer for the Pistons was Will Bynum, with a game-high-tying 31 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks held the Pistons to just 13 points. In the second quarter, the Pistons went on a 19-9 run and cut the Hawks' lead to five at the break. In the third quarter, the Hawks scored 31, as they extended their lead to 19 heading into the final frame of regulation. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks got their lead up to 22 with 10:58 to go, but the Pistons went on a 27-7 run behind 15 fourth-quarter points from Will Bynum. On the Hawks' last possession of regulation, trailing 101-100, Al Horford was fouled on a drive to the rim. He hit his first attempt at the charity stripe, but missed the second, so they headed to OT. In the first period of free basketball, the Hawks found themselves down 108-104. A couple of baskets by the Hawks mixed in with a couple Pistons' miscues got the Hawks back tied at 108-all. Neither team scored in the final minute of the first OT, and the teams headed to a second OT. In the second OT, Jeff Teague scored nine points to ice the game for the Hawks. I think there were a couple of keys to this win for the Hawks. First off, they really took advantage of fastbreak opportunities. They outscored the Pistons 36-9 in that category. Secondly, they really shut down Greg Monroe, holding him to just 10 points and four rebounds. I really wish the Hawks would learn to maintain big leads, but at least this gave them good experience playing under pressure. A win is a win, so I'll take it.