Atlanta got another great game from Jeff Teague who scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the third quarter. Teague also led the way in assists finishing with nine and energized his teammates with a chasedown block of Brandon Jennings moments after a turnover.
The Hawks jumped out to a 27-22 lead at the end of the first quarter but weren't able to prevent the Pistons from hanging around. Detroit took an 87-86 lead with just 3:30 remaining with a pair of free throws by Rodney Stuckey. DeMarre Carroll put Atlanta back in front with a lay in moments later and they would not relinquish the lead again from that point.
Prior to the game, Mo Cheeks made a change to his starting lineup by shifting Josh Smith to the bench in favor of Kyle Singler. Singler responded by scoring a career-high 22 points on 9-13 shooting. Rodney Stuckey finished with 17 points off the bench while Andre Drummond was again a monster on the interior with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Greg Monroe also finished with a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.
Smith played 19 minutes off the bench but went scoreless on 0-7 shooting. Following the game, Pistons.com writer Keith Langlois reported that Smith was benched by Cheeks for missing Thursday's practice.
Atlanta won't have long to enjoy the win as they are right back at it on Saturday when they take on the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena.