The Pistons celebrated Hoops for Troops tonight at Little Caesars Arena against the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks, led by Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, came into tonight’s game with a win-loss record of 2-10 this season.
The Pistons got off to a good start and nursed a single digit lead for most of the first half. The game was opened up with a 25-7 Pistons run when the starters returned midway through the 2nd quarter. Detroit led by 16 at the break.
The Hawks had a strong 3rd quarter, outscoring the Pistons 28-19, to cut the lead to 7. They continued to chip away at the lead and tied it at 100 with over a minute to play. Reggie Jackson scored 8 of his 22 points in the final minute on two 3 pointers and two free throws. A Dennis Schroder turnover and clutch Avery Bradley free throws sealed the win, 111-104.
Andre Drummond had his second straight game with over 20 rebounds. He finished with 16 points, 20 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks. Reggie Jackson had 22 points and 6 assists. Avery Bradley added 20 points and 4 rebounds. Ish Smith contributed 17 points and 5 assists off the bench. The Hawks were led by Kent Bazemore’s 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Dennis Schroder had 17 points and 11 assists.
Notes: The Pistons improved to 9-3 on the season 6-1 at home. They are 4-0 on this homestand, which concludes Sunday at 4 against the Miami Heat. Andre Drummond rebounded from his 0-7 performance at the foul line to go 4-6. Stanley Johnson was out again with a hip injury. Lions players were in attendance, headlined by quarterback Matthew Stafford.