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The Atlanta Hawks’ brief two game winning streak came crashing down — in dramatic fashion — against the Detroit Pistons, in Atlanta’s final game at The Palace, 118-95. All five of the Pistons’ starters scored in double digits, led by Reggie Jackson’s 26 points. Andre Drummond also chipped in with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 21 points.

First quarter massacre

The Hawks have been prone to a few slow starts this season but last night took it to a whole other level. The Pistons outscored the Hawks 42-18 in the first quarter, the Pistons shooting 61.5% from the field and 6-of-7 from behind the arc.

“They punched us. Punched us hard. We weren’t able to come back from that.” — Paul Millsap

This was the Hawks’ third game in four nights and you could tell that the energy and intensity just wasn’t there. As sluggish as the Hawks were, you have to give the Detroit Pistons a lot of credit. Their intensity and ball movement — an are focus for the Pistons heading into this game was great last night.

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The Atlanta Hawks avenged the ghosts of Christmas past/December 2nd (the day the Hawks lost by 36 points at home to the Pistons) and knocked off the Detroit Pistons 105-98. The win is Atlanta’s second in succession and — given the Hawks’ yo-yo nature this season — their first back-to-back victories since November 15th (vs. Miami) and November 16th (vs. Milwaukee). The Pistons were led by a season high 22 points from The Tackle Box: Jon Leuer.

Season high from Korver and defense lifts Hawks to victory

Kyle Korver poured in a season high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting, with most of those 22 points off of two-pointers rather than threes.


Korver’s 22 off the bench helped the Hawks’ bench outscore Detroit’s bench 38-15 which was huge for the Hawks. Per Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, when Kyle was asked what the difference was to this game and the last game the Pistons played, Dennis Schröder — at his own locker — said “Kyle Korver“.

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The Atlanta Hawks recorded their 11th win in their last 13 games with the successful conquering of the Detroit Piston last night — 112-95. The Pistons’ push for the playoff still remains strong, as Indiana and Chicago also dropped games last night. Andre Drummond put up 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with 21 points. Paul Millsap led the way for the Hawks, and we’ll get to his stat line in good time.

The Hawks rested Thabo Sefolosha last night, who was feeling a little stiff after Friday’s victory in Washington.

The best performance of the season

Whoa, whoa! Steady on, Graham. The best performance of the season?? Against the Pistons? What about the game versus Houston before the new year? Or the Indiana battering earlier this month? Or rallying from 17 down to beat the Clippers by double digits?

Sure, these are all very nice wins against quality opposition (you’re looking quite sheepish there, Houston…), but it was the way the Hawks played last night rather than the quality opposition — who are still a playoff contending team with a record above .500.

I’ll give you the stats from last night and you tell me if the Hawks have had a better victory than this one:

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No matter the record or seeding, some teams just give you a tough time.

For Atlanta, that has been the Milwaukee Bucks so far this season after defeating them three out of the four meetings last year. But this year has been a different story, as the Bucks have defeated Atlanta twice with both games defeats ending in overtime. This matchup has a boxing match feel to it, two contrasting styles, Rocky versus Drago.

This one ended with Atlanta’s arm being raised up last winning 101-90, capturing their first win over the Bucks this season.

“At the end of the day they are in the top two or three, if not the best at scoring in the paint,”said Coach Mike Budenholzer. “We wanted to do everything we could to take that away.”

Hawks only trailed momentarily in the first couple minutes of the game, but never did thereafter despite not shooting the ball well — 42.3% from the field and 15.6% from 3 — because of yet another strong defensive effort. Milwaukee’s length and athleticism are the main reasons the Hawks have such a difficult time running their offense. The Bucks decided this game to place more emphasis on the Hawks 3-point attempts, which meant more opportunities inside for Atlanta. They were able to capitalize, scoring 58 points in the paint.

On defense, Atlanta decided to pack the paint and limit the longer Bucks from points in the paint. Games like is just another testament to the Atlanta’s ability to win in a variety of ways, which will come in handy in late April or May. This time instead of their usual emphasis on aggressively guarding perimeter players, they showed the ability to clog the paint and still be effective.

“This is a team that has given us problems over the last couple years,” said Kyle Korver post-game. “They are a tough team for us to play against. We wanted to protect the paint and force them to shoot from the outside. It is important for us to grind games out against a team thats big when we are not shooting the ball that well.” Continue Reading…

The Atlanta Hawks triumphed over the Detroit Pistons — 118-114 — in what was an entertaining affair. With this latest victory, the Hawks (now winners in eight of their last 10 games) moved into the fourth in the Eastern Conference, ahead of the Boston Celtics who lost at home against the Thunder. The Hawks now sit just half a game back of the Miami Heat for the third seed.

“I don’t think we pay too much attention to the standings, but now that you say it, it’s a big win.” — Jeff Teague

A nervous ending

The Hawks held a nine point lead with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, but allowed it decrease to just two points after some turnovers, missed free throws, and some poor plays allowed the Pistons to hang around. It was your typical Atlanta Hawks ‘Oh no, they’re going find a way to throw this one away’ scenario — but they hung on, icing the game at the free throw line.

Coach Bud admitted that everyone was at fault for this late slippage:

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Hawks vs. Pistons Game Preview

Joshua Broom —  December 23, 2015

Atlanta will look to extend its winning streak to five when they face the Detroit Pistons from Philips Arena on Wednesday. The Hawks reeled off a season-best seven consecutive victories after being soundly defeated by the Pistons, 106-94, on opening night.

In that contest the Hawks’ starters were dominated by Detroit’s. The Piston’s starting five posted 88 points to Atlanta’s 59. Former UGA standout Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led all scorers with 21. Andre Drummond was unstoppable down low, grabbing 19 rebounds while posting 18 points.

Detroit, (17-12) is currently the Eastern Conference’s sixth best team and in the midst of a 3-game winning streak. Detroit rallied from 18 down last night to defeat Miami 93-92.

Meanwhile, the Hawks have gone from ninth to third place in the Eastern Conference standings over the past seven days. At 18-12, Atlanta is one of only three teams in their conference to currently sport 18 victories. Continue Reading…

Sometimes Mike Budenholzer comes up with clever ways of punting.

The Hawks lost to the Pistons on Tuesday night by a score of 105-95 and all five Hawks starters played… but not in the way that we are used to seeing.

About midway through the first quarter — with the Hawks’ starters struggling majorly defensively against Detroit — Budenholzer pulled all five starters in favor of the bench unit. The bench guys were actually able to fight back and make the game reasonably close again by the end of the first quarter.

And then Budenholzer did it again; he subbed all five starters back in to start the second quarter, followed by another five-man platoon sub later in the quarter. Budenholzer continued this strategy throughout the game, until pretty much everyone played a nice, even number of minutes. hawks-minutes Continue Reading…

The Hawks took their talents to Detroit on Friday night to face the red-hot Pistons, who had won seven straight since releasing the enigmatic Josh Smith. Despite a late rally from Detroit, the Hawks were able to withstand by a score of 106-103, ending the Pistons’ win streak and pushing the Hawks’ win streak to seven.

Atlanta was firing on all cylinders in the first half, leading by as many as 23, shooting 56%, and hitting eight 3-pointers. Paul Millsap led the way with 12 points in the half, but the scoring was done by one of the most balanced ATL efforts that we have seen all season; of the 10 Hawks that played in the first half, eight of them scored at least five points.

Former Hawk Anthony Tolliver is what really kept Detroit alive in the first half. Tolliver scored 10 points in the half, all of which came in the latter portion of the second quarter. Without Tolliver, it is likely that the Pistons could have been down by a lot more, as Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined to shoot 3-for-18 in the first half.

The Pistons started to claw their way back in the third quarter, scoring 30 points in the quarter. Kyle Singler and Brandon Jennings started to get hot from the field and the two combined to score 19 of Detroit’s 30 in the third. While the Hawks still managed to scored 26 points in the period, you could see Detroit’s defense start to clamp down and slow down the Hawks’ ball movement. Al Horford scored 11 in the quarter, but it came on 10 shot attempts. Continue Reading…

After taking crippling losses to the Cavaliers and Lakers in the past week, the Hawks finally got back on the right track with a 99-89 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Jeff Teague was magnificent, particularly in the second half. Teague scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half and absolutely dominated Brandon Jennings and DJ Augustin on both ends of the floor. “His defense on the other end of the court [was good],” said head coach Mike Budenholzer on his starting point guard. “A lot of people talk about his points and his offense, but I thought his defense was very good on the ball. They run a ton of pick-and-rolls. I’m really please with Jeff’s effort, particularly on the defensive end of the court.”

In addition to the 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting, Teague also recorded four rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. It seems that Teague always gives extra effort against Brandon Jennings and the result was one of the best games of Teague’s career.

Although the Hawks had control for most of the game, they did run into some trouble at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth. The Piston completely wiped out a 19-point Atlanta lead to tie the game at 74 with eight minutes left. The Hawks then used a group effort to drive back into the lead, as each starter scored in the final eight minutes to get the lead back into double digits. Continue Reading…