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Atlanta Hawks  at  Detroit Pistons
February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET

Hawks Head to Motown for Showdown With Pistons

By Juan Carlos Blanco  

The Atlanta Hawks take on the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday evening. As their record indicates, the Hawks (18-40) have been unable to generate any extended stretches of success this season, and they've especially run into trouble on the road. Following a 97-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night -- their third defeat in the last four games -- Atlanta's mark away from Philips Arena fell to an unsightly 5-23. The Hawks did battle back in the fourth quarter to forge an 84-84 tie with 3:31 remaining on a Kent Bazemore three-pointer, but the Bucks outscored them 13-8 the rest of the way. Dennis Schroder spearheaded a balanced effort for the starting five with 18 points, and he added four assists, three rebounds and one steal. Bazemore was right behind him with 17 points, five boards, four assists and one block. Ersan Ilyasova tallied 15 points, seven boards, two assists and two steals. Dewayne Dedmon managed a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double that also included one steal and one block. Taurean Prince poured in 11 points and also supplied two assists, one rebound and two steals. Mike Muscala generated eight points and three rebounds over 17 minutes. The Hawks are likely to list Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) as out for Wednesday's game, which represents their sole injury. The Pistons (27-29) have been on quite a rollercoaster ride this season, starting off strong before going through an extended losing stretch. They recently appeared to have righted the ship with a five-game winning streak and the acquisition of Blake Griffin shortly before the trade deadline, but they'll come into Wednesday's contest having lost three straight contests. Their most recent defeat came at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans, which toppled them by a 118-103 margin on Monday night. Griffin led a balanced effort for the Detroit starting five with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal. Reggie Bullock poured in 14 points and added four rebounds and one assist. Andre Drummond generated a 13-point, 21-rebound double-double that also included one assist, one steal and one block. The recently arrived Jameer Nelson collected a bench-leading 12 points and added five assists, one rebound and one steal. Ish Smith turned in 11 points, six boards, two assists and one block. Stanley Johnson provided 10 points, three boards and two assists. The Pistons will remain without Reggie Jackson (ankle) until after the All-Star break, and he's their one injury of note. Wednesday's game marks the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season. The Pistons took the first two games by scores of 111-104 and 105-91 at home and on the road, respectively, before the Hawks answered with a 118-115 home win in the third contest.

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 11:18 PM ET      Updated on February 13, 2018 at 11:21 PM ET

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