Hawks Take Second Straight Against the Pistons Behind Teague’s Big Night

Friday, November 22, 2013
By Robby Kalland

Atlanta Hawks v Detroit Pistons

The Hawks beat the Pistons for the second time in three nights, winning 96-89 in Detroit after a 93-85 win in Atlanta on Wednesday. Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 18 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals, and one huge chase-down block on Brandon Jennings late in the fourth quarter. Teague exploded in the third quarter for 14 of his 18 points and was aggressive attacking the paint against the Pistons’ less than stellar pick-and-roll defense.

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Korver’s Streak at 86

The Hawks were never able to take full control of the game despite having an 11 point lead in the first half. The Pistons kept the game within reach and made a run in the middle of the fourth quarter to take an 87-86 lead with just over three minutes to play. The Hawks went on a 10-2 run to close out the game thanks to big plays at both ends of the floor from DeMarre Carroll and some timely plays from Teague and Al Horford, who had yet another double-double as he put up 17 points and 11 boards.

Carroll had nine points, three rebounds (all offensive) and three steals in the fourth quarter, and his energy helped the Hawks out tremendously down the stretch. Carroll had two put-back baskets in the final four minutes of the game, and he was active in the passing lanes on the defensive end.

Kyle Korver had 14 points and was 4-for-6 from three-point range as he pushed his streak to 86 consecutive games with a made three-pointer.

Paul Millsap had 14 points, seven rebounds, and two steals, and Mike Scott had another good game spelling Millsap off the bench with nine points and four rebounds.

After dominating the Pistons’ frontcourt in Atlanta, the Hawks had a tougher time dealing with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond in this match-up. Monroe had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Drummond finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds. The two combined for seven offensive rebounds which helped the Pistons get their 16 second-chance points.

Kyle Singler set a career-high with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting as he got the start over Josh Smith. Smith had a dismal night offensively, going 0-for-7 from the floor with zero points, but had have seven rebounds and three blocks on the defensive end in just 19 minutes of play. Singler led the Pistons with 41 minutes played,.

Atlanta Hawks v Detroit Pistons

The Hawks didn’t have their best offensive performance, shooting 43.5% from the field with 20 assists, but they tightened up the perimeter defense and made enough timely baskets to pull out the win. They held Brandon Jennings to just eight points on 16 shot attempts, although he did dish out 14 assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 42.9% from the field and only 23.1% from three-point range. The Hawks, who have struggled defending the three-point line at times this season, did well to force the Pistons into contested shots from the perimeter.

Atlanta moves to 8-5 on the season with the win and is now back to .500 on the road at 4-4. They will be back in action tomorrow night against the Boston Celtics back home at Philips Arena to complete this four games in five nights stretch.

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