Atlanta 104, Pistons 96
ATLANTA (WWJ/AP) – The Pistons played even ball in the second half, which has been a problem in the past, but it wasn’t enough, as Detroit loses to the Atlanta Hawks 104-96 on Sunday.
Rodney Stuckey missed two jump shots in the final 1:14 but still led the Pistons with 22 points in a reserve role. Reserve forward Chris Wilcox added 18 and Greg Monroe scored 17 for Detroit, which has lost seven straight on the road and is 7-28 away from home.
Atlanta took its biggest lead at 14 when Kirk Hinrich’s reserve layup made it 72-58 with 5:08 left in the third. The Pistons came within two in the first minute of the fourth on a 3-pointer by Charlie Villanueva that made it 79-77.
Al Horford scored 18 points, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson each added 17, helping the Atlanta Hawks snap a two- game skid.
Smith banked in a left-handed runner with 52.1 seconds over Austin Daye to beat the shot-clock buzzer and give the Hawks a 100-95 lead.
Johnson matched Stuckey with a game-high eight assists and reserve center Zaza Pachulia added 13 points and was 9 for 10 on free-throw attempts.
Atlanta had dropped 12 of 18 following after Miami left Philips Arena with a 21-point loss Friday. Detroit, which was coming off consecutive wins for the first time since Feb. 4-5, has lost 12 of 17.
The Pistons fall to 4-27 when trailing after the first quarter, 7-36 when trailing after the third.
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