NBA Game Summary - Detroit at AtlantaNov 4, 2010 - 2:41 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Josh Smith finished with a team-high 22 points and 11 rebounds and Al Horford chipped in 18 points, as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons, 94-85, at Philips Arena to remain the Eastern Conference's only unbeaten team.
Joe Johnson contributed 14 points and eight assists and Marvin Williams added 11 points in the win for the Hawks, who have won their last five meetings with Detroit at Philips Arena.
Ben Gordon finished with 22 points and Tayshaun Prince added 17 points in the loss. Charlie Villanueva added 14 points in a reserve role for the Pistons, who are off to their worst start, 0-5, in 30 years.
"I felt our guys played their hearts out and I'm very pleased with their effort," said Pistons head coach John Kuester. "Ben (Gordon) had a very good game tonight. Even though we didn't come up with the win, I was impressed with how we battled, we just have to make sure we execute down the stretch."
Atlanta held a slim 70-66 lead heading into the fourth, but Gordon hit on the quarter's first two shots, both midrange jumpers, to even the game in the first minute.
Detroit extended their lead to five, 81-76, midway through the fourth but only made two field goals in the final six minutes to give the Hawks the window they needed to seal their fifth straight win to start the year.
Horford hit a running layup to cut the score to one, 81-80, and added a turnaround jumper and thundering dunk to highlight Atlanta's 18-4 run to finish out the game.
"We thought the schedule was in our favor, but anything was possible," said Johnson referencing the 5-0 start. "We never overlook any team, we just came out and played as hard as we could to try and get the win."
The Hawks held a 24-22 lead after 12 minutes of play. Gordon had 14 points in the first.
The Pistons forced Atlanta into five turnovers in the second quarter and ended the half on a 7-1 run, capped by a Gordon fadeaway jumper with 15.1 seconds remaining to give Detroit a small 48-44 lead heading to the locker room.
Detroit was leading 61-60 with four minutes remaining in the third, but two Williams free throws began a 10-3 run for the Hawks, including 4-of-5 from the line, to put Atlanta up 70-64 in the final minute. Villanueva responded with a jumper in the final 15 seconds of the third to put the game at 70-66 heading into the final stanza.
The Hawks hit on 10-of-13 from the line in the third quarter and their defense held Detroit to 1-of-8 opportunities in the low post.
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