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Greg Monroe, Kyle Singler spark Pistons past Hawks

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Greg Monroe finished with 22 points and notched 15 rebounds, his 23rd double-double of the season, to lead the Detroit Pistons to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 115-107. The Pistons shot 47-87 (54.0%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 16 rebounds. Detroit (23-32) entered the game on a three losing streak.

Monroe shot 10-17 and converted 2-6 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Detroit were Andre Drummond with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Josh Smith with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Brandon Jennings with 12 points and 14 assists. On 7-15 shooting (3-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-8 from the free throw line, Paul Millsap scored 23 points for Atlanta in the loss. He also added 8 rebounds. Shelvin Mack contributed 21 points and 6 assists, Lou Williams finished with 15 points and 8 assists, and Kyle Korver put up 11 points and 7 rebounds.

The Pistons combined hot shooting (eFG% of 58.6%) with high-quality work on the offensive backboards (OR% of 35.6%). They are undefeated (4-0) on the season when exceeding 55% and 30%, respectively, in those metrics. The Hawks, however, are winless (0-5) when giving up those numbers to their opponents.

Atlanta (25-29) has now lost eight straight.

Coming up, the Pistons square off with the Dallas Mavericks, who are 33-23 on the season. The Hawks go up against the New York Knicks, currently sitting at 21-34 this year. The Pistons are 0-1 versus Dallas this season. The Hawks have lost two of their last three meetings with New York.


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