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GOES AROUND DET's BEN GORDON<<
@ ATLANTA, GA:
The Pistons lost their 11th in a row and
for the 18th time in the last 20 games,
91-85 Saturday night at Atlanta.
After so many one-sided defeats, this was
one of the tougher setbacks to accept.
Detroit battled back from a 54-45 halftime
deficit with a 16-3/3rd-Qtr run to briefly go up 70-69 on a Jonas Jarebko layup.
Jarebko had seven of the last nine points in that surge.
The Pistons were tied with the Hawks at 74-all entering the 4th-Qtr, but
could score only 11-P in the final frame and went without a field goal in the
last 2:25. A Zaza Pachuila tip-in made it 76-74 Atlanta with 11:13 left and
the Hawks never trailed again.
Former Michigan Wolverine Jamal Crawford had a game-high 29-P for the
Hawks. Al Horford added 20-P and 14-RB and Josh Smith had 13-P with 14 boards.
Ex-Piston Maurice Evans scored 10-P.
Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 22-P. Tayshaun Prince had 17-P, Will Bynum
13-P and Jarebko 11-P.
After two games back in the lineup, Ben Wallace (knees) sat out again Saturday
giving Kwame Brown (8-P & 8-RB) his first start for Detroit in 47 games.
The hot Hawks are 13-6 since the end of February and improved to 32-7 at
home this season.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "It was good to see that we took care of the basketball
[with a season-low 3 turnovers]. We had about four or five possessions in the fourth where
we couldn't come up with anything. We had some good looks. The ball just didn't go in the
PISTONS CEN KWAME BROWN: "We played our heart out. We were just playing one of the
best teams in the East, which is a tough task."
HAWKS GD JAMAL CRAWFORD: "I was just kind of playing my game. At certain points in
the game, I was more aggressive. And we did a good job going inside...We were up 20 or
30 points, and they made it a game in the fourth quarter. They have lots of talented guys,
they just haven’t put it together yet, and they’ve had some injuries."
Rip Hamilton, Jason Maxiell and Chris Wilcox remained out injured for Detroit.
One night after a 21-P home game vs Phoenix, Detroit's Ben Gordon was
pointless at Atlanta on 0-of-7 shooting.
Detroit has lost 11 consecutive road games and is 7-30 away from the Palace
The Pistons end their two game road trip Tuesday night at Philadelphia.
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