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.
FINAL: #Pistons 99, Hawks 94. Big games for Ish Smith (18/7/8) and Aron Baynes (16 and 7), subbing for Jackson & Drummond.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) October 14, 2016
Harris also had 18 points.
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