Notebook: Pistons 85, Hawks 84

Posted Jan 4, 2013 11:42 PM

Dana Gauruder, for

THE FACTS: Reserve forward Austin Daye scored a season-high 20 points as the Detroit Pistons won their fourth straight game with an 85-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday. Greg Monroe had 18 points and nine rebounds and Jason Maxiell contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who led by 17 with seven minutes left and barely hung on. Josh Smith led the Hawks with 20 points and Al Horford supplied 18 points and 15 rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "I went through a lot. It's tough to always stay confident but I told myself I can play this game at a high level. Even last year, I wasn't playing a whole lot. To play now with (other) guys that weren't playing like Charlie (Villanueva) and Will (Bynum), for us three it's a blessing. I just look at it as 'Hey, I got an opportunity and I'm taking advantage of it.'"
-- Daye on his hot shooting after being benched for 21 games.

THE STAT: 75-52. The Pistons haven't made things easy on themselves during the hot streak. They have been outscored in the fourth quarter 75-52 in the last three games. Atlanta outscored them 22-11 in the final quarter Friday as they shot 5-for-20 from the field and made five turnovers.

TURNING POINT: The Hawks had two chance to win it in the final six seconds. Horford made a perimeter shot that was originally ruled a tying 3-pointer. After an officials' review, Horford was deemed to have a toe on the line. In the final second, Lou Williams had a corner shot partially blocked by Detroit center Andre Drummond.

QUOTABLE II: "We just got away from our defensive principles. We kind of got spread out and Lou Williams hit some tough shots and then their guys kind of got it going. As a team, we lost our defensive principles, what we need to do to help each other and communicate."
-- Monroe on the Pistons' near collapse.

HOT: Detroit's red-hot bench continued to dent the Hawks. In a double-overtime loss at Atlanta on Dec. 26, the Pistons got a franchise-record 85 points from their bench. The reserves made the difference in the rematch, as Detroit had a 41-14 advantage in bench points. It had been outscoring opposing reserves by an average of 5.7 points entering the game.

NOT: Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague had a rough night, scoring five points on 2-for-9 shooting. He also committed a team-high five turnovers, though he did dish out nine assists. He is shooting 8-for-34 from the field in the last three games.

ROOKIE WATCH: Along with his game-saving block, Drummond had six points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes as he continued his push to make the All-Rookie First Team. Detroit guard Kyle Singler was limited to two points in 16 minutes.

NOTABLE: Kyle Korver made the 1,200th 3-pointer of his career in the third quarter. ... Rodney Stuckey, who missed the previous three games with a left ankle sprain, had 10 points. ... Smith only played six seconds in the fourth quarter after aggravating a hip injury in the first half. ... Hawks guards Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) and center Johan Petro (flu) did not make the trip. ... Atlanta has a 9-6 road record, second-best among Eastern Conference teams. ... ... Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, who was ejected and then fined $25,000 by the league for a flagrant foul against Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas on Tuesday, went scoreless. He had made at least three 3 -pointers in five straight games. ... The Hawks are 5-2 with Williams in the lineup.

UP NEXT: For the Hawks, Saturday vs. Boston, Tuesday @ Minnesota, Wednesday @ Cleveland. For the Pistons, Sunday vs. Charlotte, Friday @ Milwaukee, Saturday vs. Utah.