Hawks 93, Pistons 85

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ATLANTA -- Reserve forward Mike Scott scored eight points in a fourth-quarter spurt to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 93-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

Scott scored 11 points, but his two three-point plays in the final period sparked a 22-11 run and enabled the Hawks to break open a 66-66 tie and cruise to their seventh win.

The loss ruined the homecoming for Atlanta native Josh Smith, who played nine seasons for the Hawks before signing as a free agent with the Pistons. The forward had 11 points and six rebounds against his former team.

Atlanta (7-5) was led by forward Paul Millsap, who returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game to score 19, and guard Jeff Teague, who had 18 points and seven assists.

Detroit (4-7) got 21 points from guard Brandon Jennings and 18 from reserve guard Rodney Stuckey, who fouled out with 3:30 left. Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks received two technical with 2:36 remaining and was ejected from the game.

Neither team could get much going in the first quarter, which ended with Atlanta leading 15-13. The Hawks shot 28.6 percent in the period, while Detroit made only 26.1 percent.

Atlanta led by as many as seven points, only to have Detroit battle back, take the lead at 18-17 and stretch it to 29-22. That's when the Hawks began to attack the basket with Millsap, who scored 11 of his 13 first-half points in the second quarter and helped Atlanta tied the game at 36-36. Atlanta scored 14 of its 28 points in the paint in the second period.

The Hawks didn't have an answer in the first half for Detroit guards Brandon Jennings, who had 12 in the half, or Rodney Stuckey, who had 12. The Pistons led 46-43 at halftime.

The third quarter remained tight. Atlanta's biggest lead was six points, thanks to late 3-pointers from guard Lou Williams and forward Kyle Korver. But the Pistons got an unexpected 3-pointer from reserve center Josh Harrelson that cut Atlanta's lead to 66-64 after three quarters.

NOTES: Atlanta F Paul Millsap was back in the lineup after missing Tuesday's game against Miami because of tendinitis in his right elbow. ... Atlanta F Kyle Korver extended his streak of consecutive games with a 3-point field goal to 85 when he knocked one down from the corner with 2:38 left in the second quarter. He is on pace to tie the record of 89 held by Dana Barros on Nov. 27 at Houston. ... Detroit G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope received a warm ovation by the Philips Arena crowd when the starting lineups were introduced. The rookie played his college ball at the University of Georgia. ... Detroit G Brandon Jennings started and played in his 500th career game. ... Through the first 10 games, the Pistons had improved in four offensive categories from the same time a year ago: points per game (from 93 to 99.5), field-goal percentage (from 43.7 to 45.3), rebounds per game (from 38.8 to 41.1) and steals per game (from 6.4 to 9.6). ... The Hawks and Pistons play again on Friday in Detroit.
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