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Recap: Hawks 107, Pistons 115
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Date: February 21, 2014 7:30 PM EDT
  

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - It was one of the most spectacular plays of a dreary season for the Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond knocked a pass away near midcourt, took off toward the basket and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk while being fouled by Atlanta's Elton Brand.

'I knew I didn't have a chance,' Brand said.

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Drummond's dunk propelled the Pistons to a 115-107 win over the Hawks on Friday night that snapped Detroit's three-game losing streak and handed Atlanta its eighth straight loss.

The Hawks shot 17 of 20 from the field during a 41-point second quarter, but the Pistons rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit.

'We came together at halftime. We asked each other if we really want this,' Drummond said. 'We looked each other in the eyes as men and we all came together and decided we wanted to do this. So we came out firing.'

Atlanta was without guard Jeff Teague, who was out with a sprained ankle. Al Horford was lost for the season in December with a torn pectoral muscle.

Paul Millsap had 23 points for the Hawks.

'We had that huge second quarter, but they must have gotten a huge pep talk at halftime, because they really came out for the third with a lot of energy,' Atlanta's Kyle Korver said.

Drummond's dunk on Brand gave the Pistons a 93-88 lead with 10:00 to play. Brand was a good sport about it, smiling a bit and even appearing to look up at the scoreboard for a replay.

Drummond finished 10 of 11 from the field, but the Hawks finally started fouling him intentionally. The Detroit big man finished 0 for 8 on free throws, and the Pistons eventually took him out for the final 3:40.

'Obviously, we're trying to get back into the game, and it helped,' Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. 'We didn't score every time that we tried it, but it gave us a chance. It also helps that he's a great young player and we got him off the floor for a couple minutes.'

It was tied at 104 when Detroit's Kyle Singler made a 3-pointer from the right wing, and Will Bynum doubled the lead with a driving three-point play with 1:06 to go. A 3-pointer by Singler with 30 seconds left made it 113-106.

Greg Monroe had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who stood pat at the trade deadline Thursday. Detroit is now 2 1/2 games behind Atlanta and Charlotte, who are in a virtual tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks looked unstoppable on offense in the second quarter, scoring at will while going the entire period without a turnover. But the Pistons outscored Atlanta 34-20 in the third.

It wasn't a perfect second half by any means for Detroit, but the Pistons did show some urgency. Brandon Jennings, who was having a poor shooting game for Detroit, was fouled twice while shooting 3-pointers.

After Jennings missed badly from 3-point range, Josh Smith blocked Millsap at the other end, and Jennings was waiting behind the defense for a layup that gave the Pistons an 82-79 lead.

'We made two or three hustle plays that winning teams make,' Detroit interim coach John Loyer said. 'Two and three bodies on the floor, couple guys going out of bounds. You guys all watch the NBA. The better teams do that.'

Jennings finished with 12 points and 14 assists, although he didn't play at all in the fourth. Detroit went with Bynum instead, and he finished with nine points and seven assists.

'Brandon is a scorer. Brandon has been a great facilitator for us,' Loyer said. 'He started to attack in the third quarter and Will came in and finished it. That's what teammates do.'

NOTES: Atlanta shot 85 percent in the second quarter, one of the top marks for one quarter in the NBA this season. Denver shot 87 percent (13 for 15) in the fourth quarter at Toronto on Dec. 1, according to STATS. ... The Pistons outscored the Hawks 66-34 in the paint. ... Kyle Korver was 2 for 4 from 3-point range, extending his NBA record to 123 consecutive games with a 3.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ATL  +155   +4   211.5 
 DET  -175   -4   
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 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ATL  +155   +4   213 
 DET  -175   -4   
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 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ATL  58%   34%   44% 
 DET  42%   66%   56% 
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 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Jan 29, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 0 Cover: 4.5 
 ATL 0 Under: 0 
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 Nov 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 96 Cover: 10.5 
 DET 89 Under: 185 
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 Nov 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 85 Under: 178 
 ATL 93 Cover: 2.5 
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 Feb 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 114 Cover: 7.5 
 DET 103 Over: 217 
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 Jan 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 85 Under: 170 
 DET 85 Cover: 1.5 
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 Dec 26, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 119 Cover: 1 
 ATL 126 Over: 245 
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 Oct 26, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 88 Over: 192 
 DET 104 Cover: 15 
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 NBA RECAPS
 Friday, Feb 21
 
    Knicks at Magic
7:05 PM EDT
    Mavericks at 76ers
7:05 PM EDT
    Cavaliers at Raptors
7:05 PM EDT
    Pelicans at Bobcats
7:05 PM EDT
    Hawks at Pistons
7:35 PM EDT
    Nuggets at Bulls
8:05 PM EDT
    Clippers at Grizzlies
8:05 PM EDT
    Spurs at Suns
9:05 PM EDT
    Jazz at Trail Blazers
10:05 PM EDT
    Celtics at Lakers
10:35 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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