The Detroit Pistons' five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks in a 112-95 loss.
Luckily, the Chicago Bulls appear to be in full meltdown mode, losing by 22 to the Orlando Magic, so the Pistons did not lose any of their two-game stranglehold on the No. 8 seed. The Indiana Pacers also lost to the Brooklyn Nets, keeping the Pistons just a hair back of the No. 7 seed. The Hornets got back to their winning ways, though, so the Pistons are three back of the Hive again after beating them on Friday night.
The Pistons quickly fell behind the Hawks 7-0 and never really stood a chance after the tip of this back end of a back-to-back. They trailed by 12 after the first and 14 at the half. While the Pistons pulled it inside 10 going into the fourth and got as close as that initial seven-point deficit in the first minute of the final quarter, the Hawks stretched their lead to 20 with a 20-7 run over the next seven minutes, and that was really all she wrote.
At least the Pistons didn't forget any of their players at the arena:
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Andre Drummond bested the Pistons' side of the box score with 19 and 17, including a 5-for-9 showing at the free throw line. Tobias Harris also had a double-double with a team-high 21 points (albeit on 20 shots) and 10 rebounds. Aron Baynes also had a nice night.
The Pistons have eight games remaining now. They're back in action at The Palace on Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.