Josh Smith goes up for a dunk. He set a season high for points by a Hawk in a single game. (Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images)

Elias Sports Bureau: Hawks Give and Take

The Atlanta Hawks almost let up a colossal collapse against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night but eventually pulled out the late 126-119 victory.

Atlanta was up 84-62 in the last quarter and then apparently forgot how to play the damn game as they let the Pistons — the Detroit friggin’ Pistons — back into the ball game and force not one, but two overtime periods.

Hawks fans have seen their beloved team do this type of stuff way too often, especially in the last eight months. Fortunately for the fans, they have a way of coming out on top.

To put in perspective,  The World’s Foremost Sports Statisticians and Historians, Elias Sports Bureau explains:

From Elias — The Hawks blew a 22-point fourth-quarter lead before coming back from a four-point deficit during the first OT period to win a double-overtime thriller against the Pistons. It was Atlanta’s fourth victory since March 21 in which it trailed by four or more points during overtime. All other NBA teams have combined to win only four games under those circumstances over that span.

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