"The important thing is figure out a way to get the win,''
Carlisle said. "Obviously we could have made it a little easier on
ourselves, but the bottom line is to get the win. For us, it came
down to getting stops down the stretch.''
Billups shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range and Richard Hamilton
added 18 points for the Pistons, one of only two teams in the
Eastern Conference with a winning road record.
Glenn Robinson scored 24 points, Shareef-Abdur-Rahim added 20
and Jason Terry had 12 assists for Atlanta, which lost its fourth
Detroit led 83-80 with 1:03 remaining, then made seven of eight
free throws to pull ahead 90-82 while the Hawks were scoring on
just one of four possessions.
The biggest play of the game belonged to Hamilton after he
missed two free throws with 1:15 to play and the Pistons leading
81-78. He stole the Hawks' inbounds pass and was fouled and made
two free throws for a 83-78 lead with 1:12 to play.
"I wanted to do something, get a steal, get a charge, get
something, just to get an opportunity to get back at the line,''
Hamilton said. "I timed it pretty good, got another opportunity,
and knocked them down.''
"That was deflating,'' Terry said of Hamilton's steal and free
Wallace once again demonstrated why he is one of the NBA's
premier rebounders. He scored just seven points, but he had 20 of
the Pistons 34 rebounds. Atlanta had 39 rebounds.
"You ask scorers to go out and score, I get rebounds,'' Wallace
said. "That's my m.o. -- go out and get rebounds.''
Atlanta trailed 66-62 after three quarters and scored just four
points in the first five minutes of the fourth to trail 75-66. The
Hawks shot just 6-of-20 in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks were coming off a 107-73 home loss New Year's Day to
the Miami Heat. Atlanta seemed to be over that debacle, at least on
the offensive end, by making 11 of 19 shots in the first period.
"I was, naturally, disappointed we lost,'' Atlanta coach Terry
Stotts said. "I thought we responded from our previous game and
gave a lot of effort.''
But the Hawks play some of the worst defense in the NBA and
still trailed 27-26 at the end of the first quarter. The Pistons
shot 11-for-20 in the period.
It was 42-42 at halftime with Atlanta relying on its forwards,
Robinson and Abdur-Rahim (22 points combined), and the Pistons
getting better guard play with Billups and Hamilton (22 points).
The Hawks have been outscored in the third quarter in eight
straight games. ... Atlanta reserve Alan Henderson fouled out after
just nine minutes of play. ... Detroit forward Zeljko Rebraca
practiced Friday and made the trip to Atlanta. He had an irregular
heartbeat and left the team for a stress test. ... Hawks rookie
guard Dan Dickau dressed for the first time in 20 games. He was
sidelined following surgery for torn cartilage in his knee.