NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Atlanta|
(Wednesday, December 26th)
Final Score: Atlanta 126, Detroit 119 (2-OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Josh Smith and Al Horford combined for 53
points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 126-119 double-overtime win over the
Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Smith had 31 points to go with 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks, and
Horford chipped in with 22 points and 10 boards. Lou Williams added 18 points,
eight rebounds and seven assists, while Jeff Teague netted 17 points and
handed out 11 assists for the Hawks, who have won back-to-back games.
"They started making plays and Will Bynum got hot early on and gave them
confidence," Smith said. "We had some two-point plays, but all those three-
point plays kind of closed the gap early. It is hard when a guy is hitting
that many shots."
Will Bynum had 31 points off the bench while Andre Drummond and Rodney Stuckey
added 16 points apiece for the Pistons, who had a two-game winning streak
Drummond also pulled down 12 rebounds and Stuckey had 11 assists in the
"I thought the second unit showed great resolve after being down 22 and to
fight their tails off," said Detroit head coach Lawrence Frank "Obviously we
had some great opportunities to win the game. At the end of regulation we just
couldn't come up with the one stop we needed."
Detroit trailed by as many as 22 in the fourth quarter, but used a 24-7 run
over the final 6 1/2 minutes of regulation to force overtime. Austin Daye's
triple with four seconds showing gave the Pistons a 101-100 lead, but Horford
was fouled with 1.8 ticks left and split the subsequent free throws to force
the first bonus period.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first overtime, but the Pistons opened
up a 108-104 lead with 1:40 left. Horford's layup made it a two-point game,
and Teague nailed a pair from the charity stripe to knot things at 108.
Neither team could get a bucket the rest of the way and the teams headed to
A 9-4 surge gave Atlanta a 117-112 lead, but Bynum's floater cut it to
117-114. Kyle Korver, who struggled shooting all game, nailed a 3-pointer with
1:40 left to push the Hawks' spread to 120-114 and Williams knocked down a
jumper 42 seconds later to give Atlanta an eight-point cushion.
Atlanta gave up a layup to Bynum and a 3-pointer to Stuckey, but went 4-for-4
from the line down the stretch to hold on for the hard-fought win.
The teams traded blows over the opening 3 1/2 minutes of the game, but back-
to-back Smith slams, followed by a Korver 3-ball sparked a 22-5 run to put the
Hawks up 26-10. Prince added a triple with 16.5 seconds left to cut the
Piston's deficit to 13, but Horford buried a jumper within the final second of
the frame and Atlanta led, 28-13, entering the second period.
The Hawks pushed their lead to 48-36 following Smith's 3-pointer with just
over 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but the Pistons used a 9-2 run the
rest of the way to go into the break down just 50-45.
Detroit pulled within 52-49 early in the third quarter, but a 24-13 sequence
gave the Hawks a 76-62 lead with just under 10 minutes played in the frame.
Anthony Morrow's layup and a DeShawn Stevenson 3-pointer put Atlanta up 81-62.
Morrow had 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting ... Atlanta forced 18 turnovers while
giving it away just 10 times ... The Pistons shot 51.9 percent (14-for-27)
from long range ... The Detroit bench outscored the Hawks' reserves, 85-30.
12/26 23:36:38 ET