Sports News

NBA Basketball
Scoreboard| Stats|Standings|Teams|Players|Player News|Injuries|Transactions
Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Detroit 31 21 40 14 9 115
Atlanta 29 16 33 28 17 123
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , January 20, 2021
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

Pistons, Hawks aim to trim turnovers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks

  1. Detroit has won three of its last four games in Atlanta, scoring at least 120 points in each of the four. Detroit is scoring 113.0 ppg away from home this season, compared to 105.4 on its home court.
  2. The Hawks got just eight points from their bench in a win over the Timberwolves on Monday, tied for the fewest points by any team's bench in an NBA game this season. Atlanta's starting five scored 100 points in the win, its most in any game this season.
  3. Derrick Rose scored 21 off the bench on Monday and has had back-to-back 20-point games after having one 20-point game in his first eight this season. He's the only player in the NBA averaging at least 15.0 points and 5.0 assists off the bench this season.
  4. Jerami Grant has had 12 straight games with at least 20 points and two three-pointers made, tying Allan Houston (March-April 1995) for the longest such streak in franchise history. CJ McCollum is the only other NBA player to meet these marks in 12 straight games this season.
  5. Clint Capela has had 20+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 3+ blocks in each of his last two games. Houston's Christian Wood is the only other NBA player to meet those marks in consecutive games this season; no one has done it in three straight since Karl-Anthony Towns in December 2018.
  6. Detroit is scoring 108.9 ppg this season, on pace for the franchise's highest mark since 1987-88 (109.2). However, the team is also allowing 113.6 ppg, which would be its worst mark since 1979-80 (117.2).

Reducing turnovers will be a key for both clubs Wednesday night when the Detroit Pistons visit the Atlanta Hawks for the second time this season.

Atlanta survived a season-high 24 turnovers in a 108-97 win over Minnesota on Monday, while Detroit could not overcome 16 turnovers in a 113-107 loss to Miami on the same day.

Atlanta's miscues led to 21 points and helped the Timberwolves stay close to the lead. The Hawks are averaging 14.5 turnovers a game this season.

"I know we want to play fast, get out on the break, but sometimes we need to slow it down just a little bit. We were moving way too fast," Atlanta's De'Andre Hunter said.

Detroit's turnovers led to 24 Miami points and, combined with the ineffectiveness of the second unit, were largely responsible for the loss. Detroit's reserves produced only 34 points, including 21 by Derrick Rose.

"Usually our second unit comes in and does a great job," Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. "For whatever reason, they didn't come in with the same defensive disposition as the first group. You're going to have nights like that, but they've got to be ready to play."

The hottest Detroit player has been Jerami Grant. He scored 27 in the loss to Miami and has at least 20 points in 12 consecutive games. He averages 24.9 points a game.

The Pistons got an offensive boost from Wayne Ellington on Monday. He hit seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 24 points, and 11 of his 12 field-goal tries were from beyond the 3-point line.

"He's one of the best shooters in the league, and (Monday) he showed it," Casey said. "It just gives us another weapon out there."

Detroit's Blake Griffin did not play in the first game against Atlanta because of a sore left knee. His status for Wednesday's game is uncertain after he limped off the court following the final buzzer against Miami.

The Hawks shot the ball better against Minnesota, hitting 46.8 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent on 3-pointers.

Hunter scored a season-high 25 points in the win. It was his fourth 20-or-plus point game of the season. He is second on the club with a 16.7 scoring average.

Clint Capela has four straight double-doubles and has grabbed 15 rebounds in each of the past two games. He is averaging 13.1 points and 13.1 rebounds a game this season.

Atlanta hopes to get Cam Reddish back; he has missed the past two games with left-knee soreness. But questions remain about reserve point guard Rajon Rondo, who has been dealing with knee soreness all season.

This will be the second meeting between the teams this season. Atlanta prevailed 128-120 on Dec. 28 in Atlanta behind the 29-point effort of Trae Young. Grant and Josh Jackson each scored 27 points for the Pistons.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 19, 2021

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2021 by STATS PERFORM.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS PERFROM is strictly prohibited.