Detroit Beats Atlanta By 10

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Tayshaun Prince added 17 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-81 Friday night.
Detroit has won eight of its last 10 games, while the Hawks lost their second straight after a three-game winning streak.
Joe Johnson scored 23 and Marvin Williams added 15 for the Hawks, who only dressed 11 players. Josh Childress missed the game with a recurring groin injury and rookie Al Horford was suspended for Tuesday's flagrant foul on Toronto guard T.J. Ford.
Richard Hamilton added 18 points for Detroit, while Antonio McDyess and Jason Maxiell combined for 15 points and 22 rebounds.
Atlanta stayed close for a quarter, but Detroit pulled out by as many as 17 in the second period before settling for a 47-33 halftime lead.
Hamilton and Billups combined for 22 points in the half, and Detroit dished out 14 assists to just three for the Hawks.
The Hawks came out quickly to start the third, and a technical foul on Rasheed Wallace helped them get within three midway through the quarter.
Maxiell, though, provided a boost of energy, drawing three shooting fouls in quick succession. That stopped Atlanta's momentum, and Prince's late 3-pointer gave Detroit a 64-53 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Billups ended the Hawks' final surge with a pair of jumpers to make it 78-66 with 3:48 left.


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