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Short-handed Pistons take down Hawks, 99-94

Despite being without Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond and Marcus Morris, the Pistons beat the Hawks for their first preseason win.

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No Reggie Jackson. No Andre Drummond. No Marcus Morris. Not much depth. No problem for the Pistons. Missing three starters and not playing their first-round draft pick, the Pistons picked up their first win of the preseason in Atlanta, 99-94.

The Hawks jumped out all over the short-handed Pistons, carrying a 33-19 advantage into the second quarter, but it was mostly the Pistons from there. Detroit outscored the Hawks 60-40 in the second and third quarters.

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That little notch in the Hawks’ favor late in the fourth quarter? That’s Bynumite — Will Bynum’s doing.

Bynum (six points in six minutes) tied the game at 88 with a bucket and then assisted the Hawks’ go-ahead basket with 1:46 left in the game, but the Pistons pulled away with nine straight from Atlanta native Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tobias Harris.

Ish Smith contributed eight of his 18 points in the final half of the fourth quarter.

Harris also had 18 points.

Full box score here.

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