Atlanta led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter but a 24-5 run by the Pistons proved to be more than the Hawks could overcome. Atlanta was its own worst enemy late with a pair of untimely turnovers and missed free throws. Paul Millsap missed four straight free throw attempts in the game's final moments and the Hawks finished just 17-29 in the game. Following the game, Head Coach Mike Budenholzer talked about the importance of finishing the game and wasn't pleased with surrendering 35 points in the fourth quarter.
"Tonight is a good learning experience for us. Defensively, to give up 35 points in the fourth quarter is obviously not something we want to do," said Budenholzer. "We've done it a few times here in the preseason. Finishing games in our league is important. It's something that we need to improve on, all of us."
Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 16 points and 10 assists but was 0-5 from the field in the fourth quarter. Kyle Korver added 15 points while DeMarre Carroll chipped in 14. Shelvin Mack hit four three pointers off the bench to finishe with 12. Al Horford finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.
Andre Drummond put up a monster game for Detroit finishing with 19 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Brandon Jennings scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter while Kyle Singler added 15. Josh Smith and D.J. Augustin added 14 points each.