Hawks win 13th straight game, Scott and Millsap each score 20 in 93-82 win over Pistons - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Partly Cloudy
4.1°C

Hawks win 13th straight game, Scott and Millsap each score 20 in 93-82 win over Pistons

Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy calls in a play against the Atlanta Hawks in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
January 19, 2015 - 3:36 PM

ATLANTA - The NBA's best defence kept the Atlanta Hawks' winning streak intact.

The Hawks won their 13th straight game, one shy of tying the team record, as Mike Scott and Paul Millsap each scored 20 points Monday in a 93-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Atlanta is allowing 96.3 points per game, tops in the league. Strong defence helped the Hawks overcome poor shooting from some of their usual scoring leaders against Detroit.

The Pistons, held to a season-low 12 points in the opening quarter, made only 35.4 per cent of their shots — 29 of 82.

"Our defence has got to be there every night and I think that is what put us in position ... to pull out a tough win," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

The Hawks haven't lost since Dec. 26 against Milwaukee. They have won 27 of 29 to move to the top of the Eastern Conference. Monday's win before a sellout crowd of 19,108 opened a seven-game homestand.

"We want to stay humble as well," Scott said.

Scott had eight points as the Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter. His scoring off the bench helped offset poor shooting from Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver, who combined to make only 8 of 23 shots.

"We needed someone to score because a lot of us were off in the first half," Korver said. "Mike came in and gave us that spark."

Al Horford added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The Pistons were trying for their franchise-record eighth straight road win. Detroit had won 11 of 13 overall before its third straight loss to the Hawks this season.

Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said Atlanta's defence "was really good ... a big part of it."

"I couldn't find anything for us to run that was consistently getting us shots," Van Gundy said. "So it was frustrating on my part, too, not just with our players, with myself. We just couldn't get it going offensively. But I give their defence a lot of credit."

Greg Monroe led Detroit with 16 points and 20 rebounds. Andre Drummond added 13 points and 18 rebounds, but made only 3 of 12 free throws.

"They're just active," said Monroe of the Hawks' defence. "Obviously they're a good defensive team."

Atlanta took an 8-0 lead and led 16-12 at the end of a first quarter that included 34 missed shots. The Hawks led 44-41 at the break.

Korver warmed up with two 3-pointers in the third quarter and had 13 points.

The Hawks stretched the advantage to double figures for the first time in the final four minutes.

TIP-INS

Pistons: The 12 first-quarter points set a season low for any period. ... Drummond had 11 rebounds in the first period. ... Detroit also won seven straight road games in 2002. ... The Hawks ended Detroit's seven-game winning streak on Jan. 9.

Hawks: G Shelvin Mack was held out and could miss at least one week with a left calf strain. ... The longest winning streak in franchise history was 14 games in 1993. ... Horford was named Eastern Conference player of the week after averaging 21.7 points on a league-leading .844 (27-of-32) shooting percentage. He had a triple-double in a win over Philadelphia and averaged 8.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists for the week.

BOARD WORK

The Pistons held the Hawks without an offensive rebound in the first half. Detroit finished with a 61-42 advantage in rebounds. Atlanta grabbed five offensive rebounds in the second half.

"I covered my eyes sometimes when the ball went up to the rim," Budenholzer said. "Our guys are fighting. It's not for lack of effort. ... We're prioritizing transition defence and getting back."

KEEP SHOOTING

Budenholzer said before the game he puts no limit on Korver's 3-point attempts. Korver leads the NBA with his 53.6 per cent shooting on 3s. He made three of six 3s against Detroit.

"Kyle can shoot whenever he wants," Budenholzer said. "Kyle can shoot coming out of the locker room."

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host Orlando on Wednesday.

Hawks: Host Indiana on Wednesday.

News from © The Associated Press, 2015
The Associated Press

  • Popular kelowna News
  • Comments
  • Pier 1 closing all of its stores in Canada
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. announced today that it has entered into bankruptcy protection and is pursuing a sale. The retailer  commenced voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankrupt
  • Vernon's Atlantis waterpark gets a new name
    A popular Vernon waterpark is starting its transformation with a new name. Formerly known as Atlantis Waterslides, the waterpark, located north of the city along Highway 97, has been renamed
  • Killing of 7-year-old girl stokes anger in Mexico
    MEXICO CITY - The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earl
  • Mammoth's tooth found in Williams Lake and preserved for decades by B.C. family
    What was once part of a mammoth-sized smile now is a very old conversation starter in Bryan Johnson's Vancouver home. Johnson's stepfather found a mammoth tooth in a creek at the sou
  • Vernon family captures mesmerizing melting ice
    A Vernon family was on their way home from Kelowna when they made a pit stop after noticing a beautiful scene along Wood Lake. Matthew Royal and his daughters noticed how “cool”
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile