Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Pistons - 031310

Atlanta 112, Detroit 99 | March 13, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • The Hawks opened the game on a 28-7 run and led 30-12 after one quarter on their way to a 112-99 win over Detroit at Philips Arena.
  • Atlanta shot 63.2% in the 1st quarter and had assists on all 12 baskets...The Pistons' 12 points were the fewest by an opponent in the 1st quarter this year.
  • The Hawks kept pouring it on in the 2nd, pushing the lead to 69-41 at the break.
  • Atlanta shot 73.0% in the 1st half (their highest in any half this season) and dished out 20 assists...They also converted 13 Pistons turnovers into 23 points.
  • Joe Johnson led all scorers with 26 points on the night, and Josh Smith had 18 and career-high 11 assists.
  • Al Horford tallied 15 points (7-8 FGs) and 7 boards...Jamal Crawford put in 17 and 6 assists (7-8 FGs, 3-3 3FGs) off the bench, and Marvin Williams had 12.
  • Jason Maxiell led the Pistons with 19 points and 12 rebounds ... Richard Hamilton had 18 and former Georgia Tech star Will Bynum had 16 points and 7 assists.
  • Atlanta shot a season-high 63.0% for the game and hit 7-14 three's...They also finished with 35 assists and 12 steals.
  • The win was Hawks' 2nd straight and 4th in a row at home.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Tuesday (7:30pm) at New Jersey (FSSO HD and 790 The Zone).

Josh Smith



Honorable Mentions:
Jamal Crawford - 17 pts on 7-8 FGM-A
Joe Johnson - 26 pts on 10-15 FGM-A

- The Hawks started the game with great energy on both ends of the floor. At the halfway point of the first quarter the Hawks led 22-7 and all five starters had scored and grabbed a rebound. Everyone was active and the offense was creating great looks at the basket.

- "The Wingmen" didn't miss a beat once the starters took a rest. First Crawford hi three highlight quality jump shots in a row, and then Zaza stole the show with a behind the back pass to Joe Smith for the dunk. Big Z's play seemed to warrant more attention than the typical "Play of the Night" spot, so here is the footage:

- At the end of the first half the Hawks led 69-41 with 10 different players scoring. They recorded 20 assists compared to just seven for Detroit, while shooting 73% from the field (season-high for any half).

- The second half was not quite as pretty for the Hawks as the Pistons eventually cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter. Still, the outcome of the game was never seriously in doubt as Atlanta shot a season-high 63% from the field.

- Josh Smith finished with a career-high 11 assists and also had 5 steals (all in the first half). Smoove has been a defensive force all season for the Hawks and should be a strong candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. Check out Josh Smith's new videos HERE.