All you need to know about this one is that Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was so disgusted with his team’s effort that he had five reserves on the floor to start the second half.
At the time, the Pistons were up 58-39. At the final buzzer it was 121-85.
Detroit took control from the opening tip, with an aggressive Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leading the way.
KCP enjoying a homecoming in Atlanta, putting up 20 first-half points and finishing with 23. If it wasn’t such a blowout KCP probably would have put up career highs in both points and shots. He looked like he was on a mission to put on a show for friends and family.
Ish Smith continued his hot play, mixing aggressive drives with excellent distribution and control of the ball. Smith finished with 11 points, 13 assists and just one turnover. He also added five rebounds.
As a team, the Pistons kept the ball moving. They had a season-high 28 assists on 48 field goals. The movement created plenty of open looks including tying a franchise record with 17 3-pointers. KCP had five and Jon Leuer had four.
The highlights just kept racking up for Detroit.
Andre Drummond continued his run of outplaying quality big men with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Dwight Howard finished with just two points and six boards. Leuer added 16 points and nine rebounds. Leuer was one of eight Pistons in double figures including every starter and Beno Udrih (11) and Darrun Hilliard (11).
Harris, who finished with 18 points took advantage of a series of switches. Any time he found a smaller defender on him he would back him down for either a baseline or a top-of-key jumper.
For those curious, the decidedly in the doghouse Stanley Johnson didn’t get into the game until garbage time’s garbage time. Playing 3:49 seconds along with Michael Gbinije and Boban Marjanovic, finishing with zero points, two rebounds and two assists.