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Atlanta Hawks Need 2 OTs to Take Care of the Detroit Pistons

December 27th, 2012 at 4:36 PM
By Gordon Robinson

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The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons 126-119, but it took them two overtimes to do it. The Hawks had a 22 point lead in the fourth quarter, but Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva scored 26 to lift Detroit to 39 fourth quarter points. Bynum continued to lead the charge for the Pistons in the first overtime with five points, but Lou Williams  and Al Horford hit big shots for the Hawks to force a second overtime. 

In the second OT Jeff Teague stepped his game up defensively and hit the three that gave the Hawks the advantage for the rest of the game (113-112). Teague also hit some  big free throws and a lay up to allow Atlanta to pull away again. Kyle Korver scored five points and Lou Williams added four in the second overtime to set the Hawks up for victory.

Will Bynum used his quickness to continuously get to the rim as he scored 31 points for the Pistons. Andre Drummond scored 16 and grabbed 12 rebounds, Rodney Stuckey also had 16 points as he also dished out 11 assists. Charlie Villanueva and Tayshuan Prince both had 14 points and seven rebounds in the Detroit loss.

Josh Smith jumped out early as he scored 14 of his 31 points in the first quarter. Smith also had 10 boards and six assists for Atlanta. Al Horford had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 18 points in another start and Anthony Morrow came off of the bench to hit 16. Jeff Teague scored 17 points to go with his 11 assists and again his defensive pressure late helped the Hawks seal the deal.

Next, the Atlanta Hawks take their show up to Cleveland to take on Kyrie Irving and the 7-23 Cavaliers. For the Detroit Pistons, they are set to take on LeBron James and the Miami Heat. 



Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Charlie Villanueva, Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Lou Williams, NBA, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshuan Prince, Will Bynum

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