Hawks vs. Pistons - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 114-103 on the road at The Palace of Auburn Hills. This was the second game of a six-game road trip for the Hawks, but their final game on the trip against an Eastern Conference foe. With the win, the Hawks improved to 32-23 on the season, 2-0 on their road trip, and 2-1 in the regular season series with the Pistons. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward spots, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) did not dress. Jeremy Tyler received a DNP-CD. The Hawks were led by Al Horford and Josh Smith, who each scored 23 points. Horford also grabbed a career-high-tying 22 boards. Jeff Teague added a double-double, with 20 points and 12 assists. Kyle Korver contributed 15 points. Devin Harris had 11 points off the bench. The leading scorer for the Pistons was Rodney Stuckey, with 22 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks went on an 8-0 run, and they never trailed after that point. They outscored the Pistons 34-27 in the second quarter and 27-19 in the third quarter, and they had an 88-70 lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, they did give up 33 points, but Coach Drew was still able to pull his starters with a few minutes to go, and the Hawks got the 11-point victory. I think the key to this win for the Hawks was three-point shooting. The Hawks made 11 more treys than Detroit, and that made up more than the margin of victory by itself. Great win for the Hawks, winning the regular season series with the Motor City hoopers.