"We beat ourselves tonight," Walker said. "We had so many
opportunities where we did not score the basketball, and it is
tough to try and beat a team like Detroit like that."
Atlanta led for most of the first half, but the defending NBA
champion Pistons scored the last 17 points to take a 49-40 lead.
The Hawks didn't score in the final 6:32 of the half.
"They turned the defense up and took away what we were doing,"
Tyronn Lue said. "We thought we had the game under control, but
it's hard to score against that half-court defense. That's what
they do best."
Billups had 10 points and Prince added five during the run.
"Chauncey was terrific, but we had a lot of guys doing good
things," Brown said. "We started defending better in the second
quarter, and we were able to get out and run. That's something that
I've wanted to do since I got here -- I can't imagine any team has
three more athletic big guys than Antonio and the Wallaces."
Detroit continued to pull away through most of the third,
leading by as many as 17 and taking a 71-57 edge into the final
period. Atlanta was never able to get the margin back to single
digits in the fourth.
The Hawks placed Josh Smith (ankle) on the injured list
before the game and activated Donta Smith. ... The Pistons didn't
commit their first foul until the final 3 seconds of the opening
quarter. ... Detroit's Rasheed Wallace and Atlanta coach Mike
Woodson both picked up technicals for arguing calls. ... Detroit's
Darko Milicic played the final 4 minutes, but did not score.