From start to finish, the Detroit Pistons were in control on Monday.
The Atlanta Hawks, who were without star point guard Trae Young and star reserve Lou Williams, couldn’t keep pace with the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Detroit snapped a three game skid to win, 100-86
Frank Jackson continued his hot streak with 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting off of the bench, and Jerami Grant also scored 18 points. Cory Joseph scored 15 points, and Isaiah Stewart added four points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
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Detroit didn’t trail after the 5:10 mark of the first quarter. Grant scored 11 points and hit four of his first six shots in the opening period to keep Detroit afloat. The Hawks were hurt by cold outside shooting, only making one of their seven 3-point attempts by halftime.
The Pistons took control of the game during the second quarter. A dunk by Mason Plumlee increased their lead to double digits, and a 3-pointer by Joseph extended the lead to 50-36 with 3:30 to go in the period. Atlanta narrowed the deficit back to seven at the end of the third, but a 16-5 Pistons run expanded their lead to 20 in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks were only 4-for-27 from 3 for the game and got minimal contributions from their bench, which was scoreless outside of Danilo Gallinari until the fourth quarter.
Detroit shot 9-for-26 (35%) from the 3-point line and 40-for-84 (48%) overall from the field.
Hamidou Diallo bounces back
After a promising start to his career with the Pistons, Diallo has slumped during most of April. But his 14-point performance against the Hawks looked like a return to form.
Diallo missed his first two shots of the night, but proceeded to make six of his remaining nine. The fog appeared to lift for him in the fourth quarter, which he started off with a 3-pointer and powerful drive and finish through contact. He scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth on 4-for-6 shooting.
Entering Monday, Diallo shot just 6-for-34 overall and 1-for-5 from 3 in his previous six games. Monday was his best offensive performance since April 3.
Killian Hayes was relatively quiet, scoring just two points on 1-for-5 shooting to go with five assists and three turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench.
Saddiq Bey added 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the 3-point line and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.
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