Four players posted double-double performances for the hometown Detroit Pistons as they dealt the injury-riddled Atlanta Hawks their eighth straight loss Friday night 115-107.
It was the first time this season an NBA team had four players post double-double’s in the same game.
Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, Andre Drummound shot 10-of-11 from the field and finished with 20 points and 11 boards, former Hawk Josh Smith had 17 and 11, and point guard Brandon Jennings added 12 points and a game-high 14 assists.
Detroit’s fifth wheel Kyle Singer also had a great game, albeit was the only starter who didn’t post a double-double, finishing with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting including going 4-for-6 from the perimeter. Backup shooting guard Rodney Stuckey (12) was also in double figures.
Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 23 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists. Shelvin Mack — who started at point guard for the injured Jeff Teague — had a great game, tallying 21 points, six assists and four rebounds in a team-high 38 minutes of action.
Reserves Mike Scott and Lou Williams were huge lifts off the bench as Scott poured in 20 points and grabbed five boards, while Williams netted 15 and had a team-high eight dimes.
Sharpshooting Kyle Korver extended his NBA-record of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 123 straight, hitting a pair of 3′s on the night. He chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Hawks controlled a three-point lead at the end of the first quarter, then extended their advantage to 11 points by halftime after an unbelievable second quarter in which they scored 41 points on 17-of-20 shooting. Scott scored the first eight points of the quarter and had 10 in total.
However, Detroit erased their 11-point halftime deficit and captured the lead with three minutes remaining in the third on a Jennings 3-pointer to go up 80-79. He and Smith carried the team with 20 points combined in the quarter and rallied the Pistons to a 86-83 lead heading into the fourth.
Atlanta fought back and tied the score three times in the final period, once at the 10:45 mark when Lou drained a 3, then again with 3:10 left to play when Scott sank a 17-footer, and then for the last time when Millsap made a pair of free throws to make it 104-104 with 2:38 remaining.
However, Singler made a 3-pointer from the right wing on the next possession, Will Bynum followed it up with a converted three-point play, then Singler hit another 3 which served as the dagger, putting Detroit up 113-106 with 30 seconds left and effectively sealing the game.
The Pistons finally got a win over the Hawks this season after they dropped the first two meetings of the year, which was a back-to-back set in Atlanta on Nov. 20 and in Detroit on Nov. 22. They’ll get a chance to end the season series with a tied 2-2 record if they can beat the Hawks in Atlanta in the series finale on April 8. (Friday night’s game was supposed to be the series finale, but the third game of the series that was originally scheduled for Jan. 29 had to be postponed due to severe weather in the Atlanta area and was rescheduled for April 8).
The Hawks’ lack of centers made it easy for Detroit’s huge frontline to dominate down low, out-scoring Atlanta in the paint by a 66-34 margin. The only healthy center the Hawks had Friday was 15-year veteran Elton Brand — the team’s fourth-stringer. All-Star Al Horford (season-ending pectoral surgery), backup Pero Antic (stress fracture in ankle) and third-stringer Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder injury) were all inactive.
With the loss, Atlanta’s skid stretches to eight. They’ll look to snap the futile streak at home Saturday night against the Knicks.
Topics: Al Horford, Andre Drummond, Atlanta Hawks, Brandon Jennings, DeMarre Carroll, Elton Brand, Greg Monroe, Gustavo Ayon, Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Kyle Korver, Kyle Singler, Lou Williams, Mike Scott, Paul Millsap, Pero Antic, Shelvin Mack