The Atlanta Hawks played Hack-A-Drummond late but clutch baskets by Kyle Singler erased any hopes they had for a comeback in a 115-107 loss. Atlanta's losing streak is now at eight games and things don't appear to be improving anytime soon.
Fatigue once again caught up with Atlanta's shorthanded roster. Detroit outscored the Hawks 63-44 in the second half. The Hawks took an 11 point lead into halftime but the Pistons quickly erased that deficit in the third outscoring Atlanta by 14 in the period.
Paul Millsap tied the game at 104-104 with a pair of free throws with 2:38 remaining. Singler answered with the first of two crucial threes down the stretch to put the Pistons back in front for good. His three with 30.1 remaining put Detroit up 113-106 and proved to be the dagger.
Atlanta played without Jeff Teague who was a game-time decision due to an ankle injury suffered on Wednesday. Shelvin Mack started in place of Teague and responded with a career-high 21 points to go along with six assists. Millsap led the Hawks with 23 points while Mike Scott pitched in 20 off the bench.
DeMarre Carroll returned from a three game absence due to a hamstring injury but finished with just four points on 2-7 shooting in 23 minutes.
Greg Monroe led the way for the Pistons with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Drummond logged a double-double of his own with 20 points and 11 rebounds but was 0-8 from the free throw line and had to be removed late. Singler finished with 20 points including 4-6 shooting from downtown.
Atlanta made 17-20 field goal attempts in the second quarter to really boost their offensive stats. It fell off in the second half when fatigue seemed to become a factor. The Hawks shot just 32 percent over the final two periods. Detroit on the other hand shot 56 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game.
The Hawks received another injury scare when Paul Millsap banged knees with a Pistons player during the third quarter and limped to the bench. He later returned to the game and played well but did appear to be favoring the leg at times.
The schedule doesn't let up for Atlanta as they will play their fourth game in five nights on Saturday at home against the New York Knicks.