Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Saturday, December 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 11th
Game 3: Saturday, January 4th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 26th

Pistons 92

(12-7, 5-5 away)

Hawks 94

(10-10, 8-2 home)

    2:00 PM ET, December 7, 2002

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 26 12 27 2792
    ATL 19 28 29 1894

    Top Performers

    Detroit: R. Hamilton 25 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast

    Atlanta: G. Robinson 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Robinson, Abdur-Rahim each score 23 to beat Pistons

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Glenn Robinson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim took turns dominating, and the result was another victory for the Atlanta Hawks.

    Atlanta's Shareef Abdur-Rahim tries to put the fake on Detroit's Ben Wallace on his way to 23 points.

    Robinson and Abdur-Rahim each scored 23 points as the Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 94-92 Saturday.

    Robinson added a season-high 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which won its third in a row at home and second consecutive overall in front of a crowd of only 7,856 for the early start.

    ''We're all about getting our points wherever they come from,'' Robinson said. ''In the first half, I stepped back and watched him go to work. In the third quarter, they backed off me a little bit, and I got my game going.''

    Richard Hamilton had 25 points for the Pistons, who have lost three in a row and four of five.

    ''It's frustrating because you want to get the win,'' Hamilton said. ''We know we have to go back to the drawing board and keep working.''

    Atlanta led throughout the second half and took an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter. But Detroit steadily cut the margin, closing to one when Theo Ratliff was called for goaltending on a layup by Chucky Atkins.

    Atkins also was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, and Abdur-Rahim hit a 15-foot jumper to give the Hawks a 94-91 lead with 1:03 left. Robinson then blocked a shot by Atkins, and grabbed an offensive rebound on the other end to keep the possession alive.

    The Pistons had another chance to tie, but Hamilton was fouled before he could get off a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left.

    He made the first free throw then missed the next intentionally, and grabbed his own rebound. But his attempt from the baseline bounced off the rim just before the final buzzer.

    ''We had a few opportunities down the stretch,'' Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said. ''We had them a few times ... when we had good stops, and just couldn't come up with the rebounds.

    ''It's going to be a continued area of concentration where we're just going to have to get better.''

    The Hawks hadn't won back-to-back games since a three-game winning streak ended Nov. 20. They improved to 10-10.

    ''We can't think we're on the right track, we have to go out and prove it,'' Abdur-Rahim said. ''We just have to go out and do it every night. When we think too much of ourselves, that's when we get in trouble.''

    Robinson struggled a bit in the first half, going just 3-for-7 for eight points. But he warmed up after halftime, hitting five of seven shots in the third. Abdur-Rahim carried the load in the fourth, finishing with 10 points in the quarter.

    ''There's going to be situations where Glenn's going to carry us, I'm going to carry us, and we're just going to play off of that,'' Abdur-Rahim said. ''Down the stretch, we had enough confidence to keep coming to me, and I was able to make the plays.''

    Atkins played most of the game in place of Chauncey Billups (flu) and finished with 14.

    ''Atlanta made a lot of plays,'' Atkins said. ''They got a lot of rebounds near the end. It's hard to win on the road when you don't make those hustle plays.''

    The Hawks fell behind by 10 late in the first quarter but roared back to take a 47-37 lead with 36 seconds left in the half. They shot 56 percent in the second and held Detroit to 21 percent, holding a 47-38 lead at the break.

    The game started at 2 p.m. ET because the Southeastern Conference championship game was scheduled to start four hours later in the Georgia Dome, which is next to Philips Arena.

    Game notes

    The teams combined for 18 fouls in the third quarter, which slowed the pace of the game. But it was still well short of the record of 32, set in 1982 by Denver and Dallas. ... Hawks guard Emanual Davis (flu) and forward Chris Crawford (knee) both missed the game, the second in a row for Davis. ... The teams meet again Wednesday in Detroit, the next game on the schedule for both.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 94
    FGM-FGA 34-83 (.410) 34-69 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 3-9 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 23-27 (.852)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-37 10-45
    Assists 19 21
    Turnovers 6 12
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 2 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 25
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Glenn Robinson Robinson
    Points: 23
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2