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.
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.