Atlanta Hawks: Pistons 85, Hawks 84 (updated)

Vivlamore reporting.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Hawks almost stole one.

The Hawks nearly erased a 19-point deficit against the Pistons but came up a point short in an 85-84 loss Friday night at the Palace at Auburn Hills.

The Hawks went on an 18-2 fourth-quarter run to pull within one point, 83-82, with 3:13 remaining. Kyle Korver and Lou Williams hit 3-pointers to cap the run. The Pistons got a basket from Rodney Stuckey and the Hawks had a couple costly turnovers in the final minutes including one with 42.9 seconds remaining and still trailed by three points.

Al Horford then hit what was first ruled a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining that would have tied the game at 85-85. After a video review, the basket was changed to a 2-pointer.

It wasn’t over.

The Pistons turned the ball over as Jeff Teague intercepted a pass and the Hawks called timeout with 4.1 seconds remaining. The Pistons fouled Horford with 3.1 seconds left on the inbounds play and a Williams shot at the buzzer hit the side of the backboard after being blocked by Andre Drummond.

“We had drawn up one play and they had a foul to give,” Williams said. “The actual play that we drew up they fouled us on it. After that, me and Al kind of made eye contact just to do a dribble handoff. They had been cheating on our dribble handoff all game and I faked it to the corner. Al felt like both guys were going to go with me but they actually did a good job defensively.

“No idea (if the final shot was blocked). I was just trying to get it toward the rim. I figured the clock was down at that point and I just wanted to get a shot toward that would count if it went in.”

It was the Hawks who lost a 22-point lead but ended up with a double-overtime win over the Pistons on Dec. 26 at Philips Arena.

The Pistons would nearly relinquish their big advantage.

“It’s tough to digest,” Horford said. “I’m proud of the guys for fighting. We could have easily have folded and focused on tomorrow but this is a different Hawks team. We are still learning. There are things we have to clean up. We didn’t play very well the first half. You can’t spot a team 19 points, especially on the road. It’s just too hard to recover. The fact that we were even in the game was amazing.”

Horford said he thought he was behind the 3-point line on the potential game-tying shot. Although it was not the designed play, Horford was trying to give Teague an option as the shot clock wound down.

The Hawks (20-11), third in the Eastern Conference, lost for the second time in seven games. They had erased a 14-point deficit for a win over the Pacers earlier this season.

Horford led the Hawks with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Josh Smith added 20 points, Williams had 17 and Korver 10.

The Hawks did not have a field goal from a bench player through three quarters, not getting a basket until Zaza Pachulia scored early in the fourth.

“It was day and night honestly,” Pachulia said of the difference between the first three and final quarter. “That’s how I felt at least. Both ends of the floor, we were more aggressive, doing a better job on the pick-and-roll and communicating. Offensively, we were moving the ball. The first half, maybe one pass and that was it. We weren’t running it. We weren’t hitting our spots. I don’t know if we were playing basketball. I didn’t feel right. That’s not us. The fourth quarter, that was beautiful.

The Pistons (13-22) won their fourth straight. They have won six of their past seven games with the only loss in the stretch coming against the Hawks. Austin Daye led the Pistons with 20 points, 16 coming in the second quarter. Greg Monroe added 18 points.

The Pistons enjoyed the 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Hawks managed to cut into the deficit. The trailed by 11 points, 66-55, after three straight 3-pointers.

“You dig yourselves a hole and it’s tough to overcome, particularly on the road,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said.

The Pistons led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter and held a 51-36 halftime advantage. After the Hawks had cut a 14-point deficit to nine points early in the quarter, the Pistons went on a 13-4 run to increase their lead.

The Hawks shot just 31.6 percent (6 of 19) in the second quarter. By intermission, Smith (14) and Horford (10) accounted for two-thirds of the Hawks’ offense.

In fact, the duo combined for all of the Hawks’ 20 first-quarter points. They combined to shoot 9 of 13 while the rest of the team went 0 of 7. Another Hawk didn’t score a point until a free throw by Ivan Johnson with 9:27 remaining in the second quarter.

Smith aggravated his right hip flexor and played only 12 minutes in the second half.

The Hawks return home to host the Celtics Saturday.

- Chris Vivlamore

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157 comments Add your comment

High-sider

January 4th, 2013
10:03 pm

High-sider

January 4th, 2013
10:03 pm

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:04 pm

Fleetwood B

January 4th, 2013
10:04 pm

Disappointed Hawks fan right here. SMH

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2013
10:05 pm

That was a terrible game. I hope the Hawks don’t have to play the Pistons the rest of the season.

As bad as the Pistons are, their guards get through screens better and their bigs set better screens. I still don’t know exactly why they give the Hawks so many problems but that’s the best reason I can find.

Just Joe

January 4th, 2013
10:07 pm

Shoot 70% from the line, and we would have won.

17 turnovers?

52 pts allowed in the paint?

Allowed 17 offensive rebounds?

High-sider

January 4th, 2013
10:07 pm

What happened to that “play” where Al goes to the basket for “the last play”?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQYr8k9×99k

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:07 pm

Detroit’s Bigs set solid screens to free their guards at will to penetrate the interior and dismantle the Hawks Defense anytime they wanted to..

The Hawks were obliterated in the paint 52 to 34!

Ball game! Playoffs?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2013
10:07 pm

Josh apparently sat in the 4th because he reaggravated his hip pointer, according to LD.

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:08 pm

The Hawks were out rebounded 56 to 38!

Destroyed on the boards..

Ball game! Playoffs?

Najeh Davenpoop

January 4th, 2013
10:09 pm

FTPB

Hawks are 6-5 in their last 11 games, and in that time have two losses to non-playoff teams, three double-digit losses, and only one double-digit win.

They started 14-6.

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:11 pm

As I had predicted yesterday, the escort service was fully operational tonight…

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:13 pm

operative word tonight:

OBLITERATED!

O'Brien

January 4th, 2013
10:14 pm

Bob asked a good question. With only 3.4 seconds left, who not inbound to Lou, instead of having Lou in bounding the ball?

Slim,

Notice the familiar recipe for Hawks losing? I hope DF did. -18 in rebounding, 60% from the FT line, and 35% from 3 (missing 19).

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:16 pm

MIAMI DOWN 10 IN THE 4TH ON ESPN..

keith

January 4th, 2013
10:16 pm

W.R. Terrell

January 4th, 2013
9:56 pm

Starting lineup should be Al, ZaZa, Kyle, Lou and Jeff

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fleetwood B

January 4th, 2013
10:17 pm

Be patient fellas. Help is on the way. At least I hope so. SMH. Im sick of the inconsistency.

keith

January 4th, 2013
10:18 pm

I AM CONVINCED AFTER TONIGHT’S LOSS….MORE SO THAN EVER…..TEAM IS MUCH BETTER OFF WHEN JOSH IS ON THE BENCH…

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:20 pm

OB, Danny’s watching..He probably suspects this team maybe one and done in the weaker Eastern Conference.. They be a 6th seed out West. On 2nd thought not….

keith

January 4th, 2013
10:21 pm

I am getting ready for Lakers V. Clippers…..Should be played at a high level…..

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:24 pm

“Notice the familiar recipe for Hawks losing? I hope DF did. -18 in rebounding, 60% from the FT line, and 35% from 3 (missing 19).”

OB, as one of our prestige bloggers stated on the previous blog, this team lives and dies by the “3″.

The lack of post players forces that style of play.. Danny will have to address.

Or it will be one and done.

Melvin

January 4th, 2013
10:24 pm

I would’ve loved to see the Hawks pull out that win…

keith

January 4th, 2013
10:25 pm

Bulls beating those “Punk Booty Heat”, loving this!!!

Melvin

January 4th, 2013
10:26 pm

Slimjr,

Why should the Hawks care what position they would be in the West? What sense does that make when they play in the East?

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:27 pm

Lebron shouted out to the REF, “don’t talk to me like I’m a child!”

Give him 2 techs Ref!

Melvin

January 4th, 2013
10:29 pm

Al should have caught the ball and drove to the basket possibly drawing Lou man then he could’ve pass it to Lou for an wide open shot.

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:29 pm

“Why should the Hawks care what position they would be in the West? What sense does that make when they play in the East?”

The sense is they are not as good as some of you believe..Danny has his work cut out for him…

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:31 pm

I believe Al made the right decision..He is a standing still shooter and he made the shout..Why bitch?

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:32 pm

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:35 pm

Al’s long distance shot ruled a two instead of a three on the replay did not cost them this one..

The pick and roll destroyed them. Giving up 17 offensive boards beat them..Being out rebounded by 18 overall, beat them…ET AL..

Melvin

January 4th, 2013
10:37 pm

They are good enough to be 3rd in the East right now and you have to win your conference to advance to the finals to play the other conference. So worrying about what their place would be in the other conference is a useless exercise.

SteveW

January 4th, 2013
10:37 pm

The Pistons are 6-1 in their last 7 games. They are not a bad team. They were, but all that talent is beginning to coalesce.

SteveW

January 4th, 2013
10:39 pm

Rebounding destroyed us. Teagues 5 tos didn’t help.

Teagues not in curry or jrues class. Lawson, jury is still out on.

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:40 pm

I like to exercise thank you very much.. hehehe

SteveW

January 4th, 2013
10:41 pm

Boston was beasting last I checked

Melvin

January 4th, 2013
10:42 pm

Heat lose… Yes

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:43 pm

Hey Melvin, we wont have to worry about them winning the weaker Eastern Conference now will we? hehehe.

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
10:44 pm

Unless Danny tweaks this ride.^^^^

bird

January 4th, 2013
10:50 pm

Was Drew asked about having Lou Williams inbound the ball with only a few seconds left?!

Melvin

January 4th, 2013
11:04 pm

Kobe just posterized CP3….lol

High-sider

January 4th, 2013
11:06 pm

Jamal Crawford (is) out with injury (foot) against the Lakers tonight; this is “wack.”

Jamaaliver

January 4th, 2013
11:07 pm

Slim, I haven’t heard you chastise Josh Smith for poor rebounding, bad shot selection or having more turnovers than assists.

Why is it okay for Josh to put up Three pointers like he’s doing a John jenkins impression? Can’t get rebounds Smoove if you’re camped out at the three-point line.

High-sider

January 4th, 2013
11:13 pm

Joe Johnson hits a game-winner against the Wizards tonight in 2OT. Joe is “murder” in the clutch (against those lottery teams). [LOL]

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
11:14 pm

So ISO JOE hits the game winning jumper with the clock running down off the right elbow from 17 with two guys hanging onto him in double overtime? Wow, what a finish Joe Johnson!

Slimjr

January 4th, 2013
11:18 pm

Jamaaliver, Josh Smith did not [lose] this game..Nice try..

I haven’t heard you get on your boy for his escort service.

Fascinating…

Nate ArchiBALL

January 4th, 2013
11:19 pm

Teague last 4 games 14 of 47 for 29% FG / 32 assists / 15 turnovers / 2 of 4 FT’s

O'Brien

January 4th, 2013
11:32 pm

If Teague is motivated by this being a contract year, he really needs to start showing it more consistently.

And just like how we killed Al the other day when he sucked on the board, Josh should get some heat tonight as well. And say what you want about Howard, but I’m confident he would help our rebounding inconsistencies.

O'Brien

January 4th, 2013
11:37 pm

C-Viv,

Can you ask LD about our rebounding inconsistencies? Is it guards not helping out, is it bigs not boxing out?

I dont think I have heard him address rebounding often, but it is a big discrepancy.

Sameba

January 4th, 2013
11:38 pm

Staring lineup has to be:

Al, Josh, Zaza, KK, Lou

Teague should be benched for good… Until he proves that he is a NBA starter…

O'Brien

January 4th, 2013
11:43 pm

Given the rebounding issues, I find it hard to believe that James could not have helped (at the SF position) more than Tolliver. I know James did not excel in the D-League, but he rebounded in college, and he rebounded in the preseason.