The Hawks used a 10-2 run late in the fourth quarter to escape with a 96-89 victory over the Pistons on Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Hawks (8-5, 4-4 road) lost an eight-point lead in the final quarter. The victory was the Hawks’ second over the Pistons (4-8) in three days. The Hawks had the eight-point fourth quarter lead, but the Pistons took an 87-86 lead with 3:30 remaining. The Hawks got a steal from Paul Millsap and a basket and foul from DeMarre Carroll. He missed the free throw, but got the rebound. Al Horford was fouled on a dunk attempt with 2:51 remaining. He made one free throw for an 89-87 lead. After a Pistons miss, Carroll nailed a corner 3-pointer for a five-point lead. Jeff Teague needed another spectacular block after a Brandon Jennings steal and layup attempt to help preserve the win. He gathered the ball and fed Horford for dunk for some needed separation. Teague took over in the third quarter. He scored 14 of the Hawks’ 24 points, including three and-one plays, on 6-of-9 shooting. The Hawks briefly lost a halftime lead after the Pistons started the third quarter on an 8-2 run. The Hawks didn’t score a field goal until the 8:16 mark — a steal, layup and foul by Teague. Teague led the Hawks with 18 points. Horford (17), Millsap (14), Kyle Korver (14) and Carroll (12) were the Hawks’ other double-digit scorers. Korver extended his streak to 86 games with a 3-pointer. He is three shy of the NBA all-time mark, which he can surpass next week. Kyle Singler, who started in place of Josh Smith, led the Pistons with a game-high 22 points. Smith did not score as he went 0-for-7 in 20 minutes.
Hawks surge late to defeat Pistons, 96-89
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Nov 23