The Hawks haven’t won on the road since Dec. 10, when they beat the Pistons 88-72 in coach Mike Woodson’s first game back in Detroit. Woodson was an assistant for the Pistons last season, as was Herb Brown, the brother of Detroit coach Larry Brown. Herb Brown is now an assistant under Woodson.
“It is tough coaching against Larry, because he has meant so much to my career, and I know he hates coaching against his old assistants,” Woodson said.
Woodson and Herb Brown collected their championship rings before watching the Hawks beat the Pistons in record fashion on Dec. 10. Atlanta shot a season-high 55 percent while allowing a season-low 31 percent. The 72 points marked a franchise record-low in a home game for Detroit, and are the fewest the Hawks have surrendered this season.
The Hawks are 1-10 on the road against Eastern Conference opponents this season, and 2-17 overall away from Philips Arena.
The Hawks snapped a four-game losing streak Monday, posting an 80-79 home win over Orlando.
Tony Delk led Atlanta with 17 points, and Al Harrington added 16. Antoine Walker went 4-for-13 from the field and scored only 12 points, including a fallaway jumper with 2.3 seconds left to seal the team’s second victory in nine games.
The Hawks, who were coming off an 84-83 loss at Memphis on Saturday, limited the Magic to 32 first-half points, a low mark for an Atlanta opponent this season.
“We’ve played great defense the last two games,” Walker said. “We just have to continue to build. Our offense is going to catch up, but if we can continue to get better defensively, we’re going to get more wins as the season goes along.”
After a four-game losing streak, the Pistons have won four in a row, including a 105-96 triumph at Washington on Tuesday.
Detroit had three 20-point scorers for the first time this season as the team moved atop the Central Division after Cleveland lost at Orlando on Tuesday. Chauncey Billups had 28 points, Tayshaun Prince added 25 and Richard Hamilton finished with 23.
“We’re trying to get a little string of wins going, just trying to be consistent and get back to where we were,” said Ben Wallace, who had nine rebounds and three of Detroit’s 10 blocks. “In order to do that, we have to come out and find ways to win games regardless of who we’re playing and what their motive is.”
The Pistons have won 16 of the last 19 home meetings with the Hawks.