Pistons 114-Hawks 118: Teague and Horford lead the Hawks past Pistons


Jeff Teague, who the Hawks almost traded away during the deadline day showed them what they would have missed if they did so as he lead the Hawks to 118-114 away win over the Pistons at the Palace of the Auburn Hills, Detroit. Al Horford, another player the Hawks supposedly wanted to trade also had a great game. The Hawks improve to 39-29 and are tied for the 4th spot of the Eastern Conference with the Celtics, who were crushed 130-109 by the Thunder today. The Pistons meanwhile are 34-34 with this loss and are tied for the final playoffs spot of the Eastern Conference with the Bulls, who lost 117-96 to the Wizards today.

3 of the Pistons starting 5 posted double-doubles tonight. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the scoring for the Pistons as he ended the game with 24 points, 4 rebounds, a steal and 2 blocks. Tobias Harris recorded a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds along with 5 assists. Andre Drummond posted yet another double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Reggie Jackson posted a double-double too, with 17 points and 10 assists. Markieff Morris ended the game with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.

Teague led the way for the Hawks as he ended the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists and a steal. Interestingly, 3 of the Hawks starters ended the game with double-doubles too. Horford added 21 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and a block. Denis Schroder came off the bench to add 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Kent Bazemore posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap had another double-double as he ended the game with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

The Hawks opened the game strongly with an 8-3 run. But the Pistons cut the deficit easily and made a 4-0 run at the end to take the first 32-30. The Pistons looked like grabbing the initiative in the second as they took an 8 point lead with an early 12-6 run. But the Hawks took the quarter 31-30 with a 15-7 run to go into the half trailing 62-61. The Hawks looked started the third strongly and led 68-65 with an early 7-3 run. But the Pistons then dominated the hawks with a 17-3 run to establish an 11 point lead with 4 minutes left in the quarter. But the Hawks would not let the Pistons run away as they pulled back with a 16-4 run to take the lead at 87-86. Horford scored 8 points during this run. The Hawks looked to pull away in the early 4th as they made a 9-3 run with the score at 89-89. But the Pistons did not give up as they came back fighting with a 7-0 run of their own to take the lead at 99-98 with 6 minutes to go. The score was 104-103 for the Pistons with 4 minutes to play. The Hawks, this time, would not be denied as they made a game winning 10-0 run as they completely shut down the Pistons offense and made free throws at the other end. They led 113-104 with a minute left. The Pistons made one last run with the hope to win the game as they made it 116-114 as Markieff Morris completed his 3 point play. However, Teague then made both his free throws to secure the game for the Hawks. They closed out the game 118-114.

Next up for the Pistons are the Kings at home on Friday. The Hawks meanwhile will play the Nuggets at home tomorrow.


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