AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 22 points, including two crucial free throws with 17.9 seconds left, and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Detroit Pistons 118-114 on Wednesday night for their sixth win in seven games.
Atlanta went on a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to take a 113-104 lead, then let the Pistons back in the game. Marcus Morris cut the lead to two with a three-point play with 18 seconds remaining, but Teague’s pair of free throws made it 118-114, and neither team scored after that.
Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, but he went only 8 of 17 from the free throw line, and the Hawks were more than willing to foul him.
Al Horford scored 21 points for Atlanta.
The Pistons led by 11 in the third, but Atlanta wiped out that deficit before the quarter was even over, and the game was tight for most of the fourth. Drummond’s free throw put the Pistons up 104-103, but Paul Millsap answered with a three-point play.
The Hawks didn’t make another field goal, but they shut down Detroit’s offense for long enough to build a nine-point lead, and the Pistons couldn’t quite come all the way back.
Detroit was playing the opener of a nine-game homestand that will be crucial to the Pistons’ playoff hopes. Detroit was coming off a 43-point loss to Washington on Monday.
The Hawks made their first five shots from the field, and some early Detroit turnovers had the Pistons trailing 12-7 and coach Stan Van Gundy calling a timeout. Detroit bounced back nicely from that start, shooting 63 percent for the first quarter.
The Pistons led 62-61 at halftime.
Hawks: Detroit figured to have a big advantage on the boards, but Atlanta ended up with eight offensive rebounds, only one fewer than the Pistons had.
Pistons: Tobias Harris scored 19 points, and Reggie Jackson added 17 points and 10 assists.
Hawks: Host Denver on Thursday night.
Pistons: Host Sacramento on Friday night.