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Dedmon powers Hawks past Griffin, Pistons 118-115

ATLANTA (AP) Dewayne Dedmon made the most of only his second start in Atlanta's last 18 games, especially at the end.

Dedmon gave Atlanta the lead with a three-point play and then padded the margin with a 3-pointer, lifting the Hawks to a 118-115 win over Blake Griffin and the Pistons on Sunday.

Dedmon matched his career high with 20 points and had 13 rebounds in his matchup with Andre Drummond, who had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit.

The Hawks haven't had a set starting center. Miles Plumlee has seen most of the starts in recent games, and rookie John Collins has four starts.

Dedmon said he was ''trying to be aggressive ... just trying to change the game.''

He said that's his approach ''no matter where it is, starting or coming off bench.''

Dedmon's three-point play gave Atlanta a 109-107 lead with 1:34 remaining. Following a missed jumper by Jameer Nelson, Dedmon sank a 3-pointer from the corner in front of the Pistons bench to push the lead to five points.

''Big shot,'' said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who said Dedmon ''gave us a lot of good things.''

Dennis Schroder had 23 points for Atlanta, including six free throws in the final 20 seconds.

Griffin, who had 23 points, answered with a 3-pointer for Detroit. Schroder made two free throws for a 114-110 lead. Griffin's layup cut the Atlanta lead to two points before Schroder added two more free throws with 9.2 seconds remaining for a 116-112 advantage.

Anthony Tolliver missed a 3-pointer for Detroit before Schroder iced the win with two more free throws. Griffin added a 3 as the final buzzer sounded.

The Pistons blamed the loss on bad defense.

''Tough to give up 118 and try to win on the road,'' Griffin said. ''Or win in general.''

Drummond's big game was not enough to overcome the defensive breakdowns, including in the closing minutes.

''Our defense stinks,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''We just got broken down, broken down, broken down.''

Van Gundy assigned blame for the defensive problems on ''our starters, other than Andre.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Reggie Bullock had 20 points, two away from his career high. ... James Ennis and Nelson, obtained in trades with Memphis and Chicago, respectively, on Thursday, made their debuts late in the first period. Ennis had 14 points. Nelson had six points and five assists. ... Ish Smith had two points, seven assists and five turnovers. ... Bullock had only two points in the second half.

Hawks: Ilyasova had 19 points. ... After missing the last 18 games with a left groin strain/left abductor strain, DeAndre Bembry was in uniform but did not play. Bembry was arrested early Friday after he was clocked driving 128 mph on an Atlanta interstate. ... Rookie Tyler Dorsey, who had 10 points, saw more playing time off the bench than starting small forward Taurean Prince, who had two points and three turnovers while making only one of seven shots.

3 FOR ALL

Griffin made 3 of 10 3-pointers and then second-guessed his shot selection.

''I shouldn't take 10 3s,'' he said. ''I didn't realize it until after the game.''

HEAD SHOT

Griffin appeared to be trying to throw the ball to official Michael Smith following a foul call in the second period, but his pass hit Schroder on the back of his head. Schroder, who had been standing close to Smith, objected and the two had a brief exchange before Griffin was called for a technical foul. Griffin's attempt to explain the pass didn't change the call.

MATCHUP DILEMMA

Drummond was a difficult matchup for Atlanta, consistently drawing fouls near the basket. Drummond made 9 of 13 free throws and was the major reason Collins and Dedmon had foul problems. Collins fouled out with 3:25 remaining and Dedmon finished with four fouls.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host New Orleans on Monday

Hawks: Visit Milwaukee on Tuesday

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Key Players
B. Griffin
23 PF
D. Schroder
17 PG
31.2 Min. Per Game 31.2
19.5 Pts. Per Game 19.5
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
43.4 Field Goal % 43.5
43.5 Three Point % 43.3
79.5 Free Throw % 87.0
+ 3 Blake Griffin made 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Jameer Nelson 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder 0:05
  Anthony Tolliver missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Blake Griffin 0:09
+ 2 Blake Griffin made driving layup, assist by Jameer Nelson 0:16
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
Team Stats
Points 115 118
Field Goals 38-83 (45.8%) 38-78 (48.7%)
3-Pointers 13-33 (39.4%) 10-29 (34.5%)
Free Throws 26-33 (78.8%) 32-37 (86.5%)
Total Rebounds 50 47
Offensive 12 4
Defensive 28 31
Team 10 12
Assists 30 27
Steals 6 10
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 28 26
Technicals 2 0
25 PTS, 15 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Pistons 27-28 23332435115
home team logo Hawks 18-39 28272736118
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 27-28 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hawks 18-39 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
A. Drummond C 15.0 PPG 16.0 RPG 3.0 APG 52.9 FG%
D. Schroder PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
A. Drummond C 25 PTS 15 REB 2 AST
D. Schroder PG 23 PTS 3 REB 7 AST
45.8 FG% 48.7
39.4 3PT FG% 34.5
78.8 FT% 86.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 25 15 2 1 3 1 2 8/14 0/0 9/13 5 10 47 0
B. Griffin 33 23 7 6 1 0 2 3 7/21 3/10 6/6 3 4 41 -21
R. Bullock 33 20 5 2 0 0 3 2 7/13 3/6 3/4 0 5 26 -4
S. Johnson 19 8 1 0 1 0 2 4 2/4 2/3 2/2 0 1 8 -13
I. Smith 29 2 0 7 0 0 5 5 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 0 11 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 25 15 2 1 3 1 2 8/14 0/0 9/13 5 10 47 0
B. Griffin 33 23 7 6 1 0 2 3 7/21 3/10 6/6 3 4 41 -21
R. Bullock 33 20 5 2 0 0 3 2 7/13 3/6 3/4 0 5 26 -4
S. Johnson 19 8 1 0 1 0 2 4 2/4 2/3 2/2 0 1 8 -13
I. Smith 29 2 0 7 0 0 5 5 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 0 11 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Ennis III 23 14 4 1 2 0 0 3 5/7 1/2 3/4 2 2 22 -5
A. Tolliver 21 12 2 4 1 1 0 2 3/7 3/7 3/4 1 1 24 +12
J. Nelson 18 6 2 5 0 0 1 5 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 1 17 +10
L. Kennard 19 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 2 10 +11
E. Moreland 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 +4
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 115 40 30 6 4 15 28 38/83 13/33 26/33 12 28 210 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 33 23 3 7 2 0 3 2 7/13 0/1 9/12 0 3 39 +9
D. Dedmon 31 20 13 1 3 1 2 4 7/9 1/1 5/6 2 11 37 +5
E. Ilyasova 28 19 5 0 2 0 0 3 5/9 2/4 7/7 0 5 26 +20
K. Bazemore 27 10 2 5 2 0 3 4 1/8 1/3 7/7 0 2 21 +17
T. Waller-Prince 22 2 0 3 0 0 3 2 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 0 5 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Schroder 33 23 3 7 2 0 3 2 7/13 0/1 9/12 0 3 39 +9
D. Dedmon 31 20 13 1 3 1 2 4 7/9 1/1 5/6 2 11 37 +5
E. Ilyasova 28 19 5 0 2 0 0 3 5/9 2/4 7/7 0 5 26 +20
K. Bazemore 27 10 2 5 2 0 3 4 1/8 1/3 7/7 0 2 21 +17
T. Waller-Prince 22 2 0 3 0 0 3 2 1/7 0/5 0/0 0 0 5 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Delaney 23 10 1 5 1 0 1 0 3/7 1/4 3/3 0 1 21 -15
T. Dorsey 26 10 3 1 0 0 0 2 4/9 2/6 0/0 0 3 15 +12
J. Collins 17 9 3 3 0 0 0 6 4/7 0/0 1/2 0 3 18 -4
M. Muscala 18 8 4 2 0 1 1 1 3/6 2/4 0/0 2 2 16 -15
I. Taylor 10 7 1 0 0 1 0 2 3/3 1/1 0/0 0 1 9 -6
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 118 35 27 10 3 13 26 38/78 10/29 32/37 4 31 207 +15