Horford’s big night powers Hawks past Pistons

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Updated: February 26, 2013

Al Horford had 23 points and 22 rebounds
to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 114-103 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Horford shot 10-of-13 from the field for the Hawks, who have won three
straight games. Josh Smith also scored 23 points and Jeff Teague recorded a
double-double with 20 points and 12 assists.

“Most importantly we got the win,” said Horford. “I could’ve done all of that
and I would’ve been upset because we lost. But I’m very happy, and yeah it is
special; it’s a 20-20 game and I acknowledge it. And I’ve wanted one of those
all year and I finally got one, so I’m happy.”

Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, for
the Pistons, who have lost three in a row. Greg Monroe registered 15 points,
eight rebounds and five assists and Kyle Singler added 13 points.

Detroit had a 24-19 lead late in the first quarter, but an 8-0 run that
started and ended with 3-pointers by Devin Harris gave the Hawks a 27-24 edge
entering the second.

In the second, Atlanta pulled away and led 39-30 with 8 1/2 minutes to go, but
a tip shot by Charlie Villanueva and a pair of layups by Stuckey brought
Detroit within three, 39-36, with just over seven minutes remaining.

However, Teague scored 12 points in the remaining minutes, as the Hawks
extended their lead 61-49, before a layup by Stuckey ended the half.

Horford recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds in the first half alone.

In the third, Atlanta increased its lead by as much as 26 points with 3:37
remaining, though Detroit had a 10-0 run over the next three minutes, capped
with a 3-pointer by Jose Calderon, to cut the deficit to 86-70.

The Hawks’ Anthony Tolliver fired a jumper with 19 seconds left to give
Atlanta an 88-70 advantage entering the fourth.

Jerebko scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the fourth quarter and helped
close the gap, but despite his performance, the game was already out of reach.

” We have to get back and put more into the game in order to get the desired
result,” Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank said.

Game Notes

Detroit’s Will Bynum did not play as he was suspended for striking Indiana
forward Tyler Hansbrough during Saturday’s game against the Pacers …
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver was 5-for-7 from behind the arc and has made a 3-pointer
in 49 consecutive games … The Hawks shot 55 percent from the field in each
of the first three quarters, but shot just 36.8 percent in the fourth.