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Detroit at Atlanta

Hawks stay unbeaten against winless Pistons

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Joe Johnson was struggling, Jamal Crawford was watching in street clothes and the rebounds were falling away from Atlanta players.

No matter. The Hawks still found a way in the final minutes to pull out another win.

Al Horford had six straight points in an 18-4 run to finish the game and the undefeated Hawks beat the winless Detroit Pistons 94-85 on Wednesday night.

Josh Smith had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks (5-0) remained the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference.

"We haven't yet played our best, but we're still winning," said Johnson, who made only 5-of-15 shots for 14 points and had a game-high eight assists.

"We're starting to grow. It's a beautiful thing to see."

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Ben Gordon had 22 points but it wasn't enough for Detroit.

The Pistons are 0-5 for the first time since the 1980-81 season, when they started 0-7. They won their fifth game after starting 0-4 in 1999-2000.

"Nobody envisioned it but obviously it's something we're going to deal with now and try to figure out (how) to go forward with this," forward Tayshaun Prince said.

Prince, who had 17 points, hit a 3-pointer to give Detroit an 81-76 lead. The Hawks then took over with the closing run over the final 6:13.

"I thought our guys played their hearts out," Pistons coach John Kuester said. "Coming down the stretch, again, we've just got to make sure we're efficient."

Horford had 18 points, Zaza Pachulia scored 12 and Marvin Williams added 11.

Charlie Villanueva had 14 points for Detroit.

The Pistons used their 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds to take a 16-6 lead in second-chance points. The Hawks averaged 44 rebounds in their first four wins, but they were outrebounded 38-35 by the Pistons.

"We were a little careless in that area," said Horford, who had eight rebounds as his streak of three straight double-doubles ended. "It almost cost us."

The Hawks led 70-66 entering the final quarter. Gordon opened the period with consecutive baskets to start a 10-2 run that gave the Pistons a 76-72 lead.

The most important minutes to close the game belonged to Atlanta.

"If there's one thing about this team that I'm starting to see, it's more and more maturity," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "We aren't panicking, especially down the stretch."

The Hawks were without Crawford, their top sub who suffered a right turf toe injury in Tuesday night's win at Cleveland. Crawford, chosen as the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season, is averaging 15.8 points.

Crawford said after the game he hopes to play Friday at Minnesota.

The Hawks already were without another top backup, guard Maurice Evans, who missed his fourth straight game with a right knee injury. Then Williams left the game with 6:34 remaining after landing hard on his right knee in a battle with Greg Monroe for a loose ball.

"I just banged it," Williams said. "We'll see how it feels in the morning."

Hawks rookie Jordan Crawford, who played only two minutes over the first four games, moved into a more prominent role and scored his first career points with a jumper late in the first quarter. It was his only basket of the game.

The Pistons took advantage of Gordon's matchup with Mike Bibby. Gordon opened the game with a reverse layup and continued to attack Bibby, scoring 11 of the Pistons' first 16 points.

Notes

  • The Pistons made only 3-of-17 3-point shots. Villanueva was 0 for 5.
  • Pistons G Richard Hamilton (sore right foot) missed his second straight game. F Tracy McGrady played after he was listed as questionable with a sore left knee.
  • The Hawks shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and still trailed 48-44. They shot 53.7 percent for the game.
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Look out below! Al Horford soars for one of his eight rebounds on the night to go with 18 points.  (Getty Images)
Look out below! Al Horford soars for one of his eight rebounds on the night to go with 18 points. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Detroit 0-52226181985
Atlanta 5-0 «2420262494
DET:B. Gordon 22 Pts
DET:G. Monroe 8 Reb
DET:B. Gordon 4 Ast
ATL:J. Smith 22 Pts
ATL:J. Smith 11 Reb
ATL:J. Johnson 8 Ast
Players of the Game
AtlantaDetroit

J. Smith

B. Gordon
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Detroit
B. Gordon, SG429-194-544522
T. Prince, SF378-140-050117
A. Daye, SF242-122-24336
B. Wallace, C210-10-06210
R. Stuckey, PG142-60-01325
C. Villanueva, PF366-162-243414
G. Monroe, C273-91-48337
T. McGrady, SG244-71-24319
D. Summers, SF162-60-02015
R. Hamilton, SGDid Not Play
C. Wilcox, CDid Not Play
J. Maxiell, PFDid Not Play
W. Bynum, PGDid Not Play
J. Jerebko, SFDid Not Play
T. White, SGDid Not Play
Totals 36-9010-1538212185
 40.0%66.7% 
Atlanta
J. Johnson, SG425-152-238114
A. Horford, C378-122-282318
J. Smith, SF358-125-8114022
M. Bibby, PG342-50-01424
M. Williams, PF333-85-682111
Z. Pachulia, C196-70-020112
J. Teague, PG162-23-31227
J. Powell, PF131-42-21104
J. Crawford, SG111-20-00232
J. Crawford, SGDid Not Play
E. Thomas, CDid Not Play
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
M. Evans, SFDid Not Play
P. Sy, SFDid Not Play
Totals 36-6719-2335251394
 53.7%82.6% 
Other Games
Char 85 Final
NJ 83
Min 86 Final
Orl 128
Ind 75 Final
Phi 101
Mil 102 Final
Bos 105
NO 107 Final
Hou 99
Dal 102 Final
Den 101
Tor 108 Final
Utah 125
SA 112 Final
Pho 110
Mem 109 Final
GS 115
OKC 92 Final
LAC 107
LAL 112 Final
Sac 100