Despite some understandably sloppy play for the first game of the regular season, the Detroit Pistons have kept themselves in it on the road against the reigning No. 1 seed of the Eastern Conference -- and then some. The Pistons are shooting 50 percent from three-point land, helping them to a 48-43 halftime lead over the Hawks.
Marcus Morris started strong and finished the half with 10 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also has 10 on hot shooting. Stanley Johnson has seven off the bench.
The Pistons led by as many as 10 in the first quarter, but three turnovers in the final two minutes helped the Hawks close a 9-0 first quarter run. The Hawks put up five quick points in the second quarter, inducing a quick timeout from Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy stuck with his second unit, though, and they kept the Pistons within striking distance until the starters returned.
Reggie Jackson and co. returned and turned a five-point deficit on its head.
Let's see if the Pistons can close it out.
Now your second half thoughts.