Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons Live Score and Stats – April 26, 2021 Gametracker
The up and coming Atlanta Hawks will play the Detroit Pistons on Monday when they embark on a three-game, five-game stretch in seven days road trip.
The Hawks have won their two previous encounters against the Pistons this season. Atlanta won 128-120 on December 28 and 123-115 on January 20 in overtime and sealed the result with a 9-2 run in overtime.
Atlanta (34-27) has won two straights and 11 of its last 14. The Hawks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 111-104 on Sunday, improving to seven games over 500 playoffs for the first time since March 2017, the last year they played the game.
“That’s what we wanted,” said Atlanta forward John Collins. “We want to play as well as possible in the postseason.”
The Hawks have won two straight games without top scorer Trae Young with a left ankle sprain. The goal load was carried by Bogdan Bogdanovic, who reached his season high with 32 points against the bucks. He made six 3-points on Sunday, his eleventh game with at least five. As of April 1st, Bogdanovic has the best 63 Treys in the league.
Lou Williams scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter and made four 3s. It reinforced the reason the Hawks were acting against the Veterans Watch on the deadline.
“That’s what you expect from experienced players,” said Atlanta coach Nate McMillan. “They have a bad first half or the ball won’t fall for them in the first half. They know it’s the second half and they find a way to get themselves going.”
Atlanta continues to play with injury problems. In addition to Young, who is likely to be at least two weeks from his return, the Hawks without De’Andre Hunter (right knee pain), Cam Reddish (right Achilles pain), Tony Snell (right ankle sprain), and Kris Dunn ( right) ankle surgery).
The Pistons (18-43) have lost three times in a row and lost seven of their last nine. Detroit was beaten 115-109 in Indiana on Saturday, the last of three road trips that didn’t result in a win. The Pistons had a 101-99 lead in the fourth quarter before the Pacers finished the game with a 12-0 run.
Jerami Grant leads the team with 22.6 points and an average of 4.7 rebounds. He has led the team in 37 of 52 games played.
Detroit outperformed Indiana at 62:39, but had 18 sales, which resulted in 22 points.
“I think we exceeded them in many areas,” said Detroit coach Dwane Casey. “But sales are the difference. … Some of them were just incomprehensible about the decisions with the ball and we have to learn. In these final games we have to understand the time, the score and the situation and what is open.”
Detroit got an outstanding game from its bench. The reserves averaged 41.9 points, the second highest sum in the history of the franchise. Wayne Ellington (9.7 points), Hamidou Diallo (8.2) and Isaiah Stewart (7.4) are the top contributors.
The Hawks have split five games in a row this season, wiping both games three times and losing both games three times.
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