Pistons hang on, despite their best efforts, beat Hawks 104 – 98.

The Detroit Pistons (28-29) ended their three-game skid and go into the all-star break with a win. The Atlanta Hawks (18-41) continue the tank.

With the score at only 22-14 after the first quarter, it was shaping up to be a very ugly game. But in the second and third quarters, the Pistons looked like they had gained full control of the game as they pulled away to as many as 30 points. In the back half of the third quarter, the Hawks started to scrape back into the game and got as close as four in the closing moments of the game.

The Pistons got a good game from Ish Smith who scored 22 points and Blake Griffin was one assist shy of a triple-double finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Hawks got contributions from everywhere with no player scoring more than 15 and five different players in double digits.

The Pistons let the Hawks into the game through dumb plays, including fouling three-point shooters two separate times in the closing moments of the game.

Both teams now head to the all-star break.

 

(Photo credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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