Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Hawks 80

(10-11, 2-9 away)

Pistons 91

(13-7, 8-2 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, December 11, 2002

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 20 17 16 2780
    DET 25 24 16 2691

    Top Performers

    Atl: S. Abdur-Rahim 21 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Det: R. Hamilton 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Pistons avenge Saturday's loss at Atlanta

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 32 points, and Cliff Robinson added a season-best 21 as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Atlanta Hawks 91-80 Wednesday night.

    The Pistons, who avenged Saturday's 94-92 loss in Atlanta and ended a three-game losing streak, also got 16 points from Corliss Williamson and 18 rebounds from Ben Wallace.

    The Hawks, led by 21 points from Shareef Abdur-Rahim and 15 from Jason Terry, have lost five in a row on the road. They've won just two of 11 away from Atlanta this season.

    Detroit led 41-37 with two minutes left in the first half, but scored the final eight points, including Hamilton's steal and layup with less than a second to go. The Pistons could have been in even better shape, but missed six of 13 free throws in the quarter.

    Hamilton finished with 18 points in the half, while Jason Terry had 10 for Atlanta.

    The Pistons added two baskets at the start of the third period, expanding their lead to 53-37.

    Hamilton continued his torrid in the third period, adding 12 more points on 6 of 12 shooting. Atlanta, though, used a late-quarter rally to go from trailing by as many as 21 points to being down just 65-53 at the end of the period.

    Detroit only managed four points in the first five minutes of the fourth period, allowing the Hawks to cut the deficit to 69-64.

    But Robinson ended the Atlanta surge with two 3-pointers in a 10-4 run, and the Pistons held on for the victory.

    Game notes

    Nazr Mohammed brought the crowd to life early in the second quarter by badly missing a wide-open dunk. ... Wallace missed all six of his free-throw attempts, and scored his only four points on dunks. ... Atlanta has lost eight straight in Detroit. ... Williamson scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 91
    FGM-FGA 30-71 (.423) 34-77 (.442)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 15-17 (.882) 17-28 (.607)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-49 11-39
    Assists 12 21
    Turnovers 23 10
    Steals 6 14
    Blocks 6 8
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 21
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1