After finishing the preseason undefeated at home, Detroit will host Houston in its opener on Wednesday.
Tracy McGrady led six players in double figures and the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks built a 37-point lead in the first half on the way to a 116-84 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
The Atlanta Hawks bounced back from a disappointing home defeat their last time out, clinching their fifth consecutive postseason berth in the process.
The Atlanta Hawks are contending for home-court advantage in the first round of the postseason, while the Detroit Pistons likely will be watching the playoffs at home for a third straight year.
Tayshaun Prince made a driving left-handed shot with 24.3 seconds remaining, and the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-85 on Friday night.
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 Detroit Pistons lose in overtime to the Atlanta Hawks 107-101 on Friday night.
Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew feels his team regressed a bit in an ugly loss its last time out.
Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, whose career was derailed by a series of injuries, will likely sign a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
Detroit’s loss to Atlanta Sunday was the 100th since John Kuester became head coach before last season.