Hawks-Pistons Preview 3-9-12

(AP) — While they just missed a chance to extend their win streak, the short-handed Atlanta Hawks’ competitive performance against one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams might have kept them positive.

The Hawks have usually had rewarding experiences lately against Detroit, but the Pistons will be looking to continue their recent success at home in Friday night’s matchup.

Atlanta (23-16) beat West-leading Oklahoma City and East contender Indiana during a three-game run, then appeared to have a good chance to match its longest win streak of the season when it held a 10-point lead in the third quarter at Miami on Wednesday.

The Hawks, though, couldn’t hold on and Jannero Pargo’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim in an 89-86 defeat.

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