Drummond leads Pistons past Hawks

Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond, left, is defending by Atlanta Hawks' Pero Antic (6) while trying to take a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Auburn Hills, Mich.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-95 on Tuesday night.

Anthony Tolliver had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons (29-45), who have won five of six. Reggie Jackson collected 12 points and 11 assists despite being limited to four-minute stints in each of the last three quarters by an illness.

Tolliver made his eighth consecutive start in place of Greg Monroe, who is out with a right knee injury.

Thabo Sefolosha scored 19 points for Atlanta, while Al Horford had 16 on 8-of-11 shooting.

The Hawks (56-19), who have clinched the Eastern Conference’s top seed for the playoffs, have dropped two of three.

The Pistons hit 10 of their first 11 shots, including four 3-pointers, while building a 25-14 lead midway through the first quarter. But they were unable to keep up their torrid shooting and Atlanta closed to 52-50 at halftime.

Jackson had 10 assists in the half, while Horford had 12 points for the Hawks.

Kyle Korver hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Atlanta the lead early in the third, but seven quick points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put Detroit back in front.

The Pistons carried a 76-72 lead into the fourth, and Jackson entered the game again despite having spent the last several minutes wrapped in hot towels. He started the quarter by banking in a 3-pointer, and Tayshaun Prince increased the lead to 11 with a swooping lefty dunk.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer made full-team substitutions for most of the game. All five starters played exactly 23:44, while four reserves played 24:16. The only break in the pattern came when Austin Daye replaced Pero Antic late in each half.

Pistons: PG Spencer Dinwiddie sprained his ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return.

UP NEXT

Hawks: Off until Saturday, when they host the Nets.

Pistons: At the Hornets on Wednesday.

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