Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew liked the poise his team showed in its latest game.
Austin Daye and Greg Monroe combined for 38 points as the Detroit Pistons edged the Atlanta Hawks 85-84 on Friday night.
The Detroit Pistons have lost the last seven of nine games.
Road victories have been difficult to come by for the Detroit Pistons, and the few they’ve earned have not come against top-tier competition.
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.