Josh Smith made his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night, and for one night, Danny Ferry was vindicated. Smith has come out and said that Ferry and the Hawks didn’t make an effort to re-sign him, which added to the drama.
The Hawks came out and had a “defensive” quarter and the score was just 15-13 in favor of Atlanta after the first. There was more rhythm to the second quarter, as Paul Millsap looked good, and even put Andre Drummond on a poster. He finished with 13 points in the first half, and he showed up Josh Smith all night. The Hawks pick and roll game was extremely effective, and the Pistons couldn’t stop it. The score was 46-43 in favor of Detroit heading into the half.
The game would basically be a trading of blows in the 3rd quarter, and no one could take control of the game. The Hawks were good defensively, which is a good sign. With the big front court of Detroit, it could have meant that they would cause problems for the smaller Hawks. It didn’t work out that way.
In the 4th quarter, the Hawks would pull away. Jeff Teague had another good game, as he socred 18 points and added 7 assists. Paul Millsap returned from missing a game with an elbow injury with a great game. He had 19 points, and did a good job on the defensive end. Josh Smith returned to boos and cheers, and had a terrible game. Smith has been disappointing this year, and was no different last night. He had 11 points on just 5 of 15 shooting, and 0 for 4 from beyond the arc.
“I took shots I normally take, but they just didn’t drop tonight,” Smith said after the game. Kyle Korver extended his consecutive games with a 3 pointer streak 85 when he hit a 3 in the 2nd quarter. The Hawks were good on offense on the pick and roll, and held the Pistons’ front court to just 28 points combined on the defensive end.
They beat the Pistons 93-85, and will be back in action in Detroit to take on the Pistons again on Friday. They are now 7-5 on the season.