Atlanta Hawks at Detroit Pistons

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
6-4, 4-2 Away
126 - 120

2-10, 1-5 Home
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Dejounte Murray scores 32 points as the Hawks send Pistons to 9th straight loss 126-120

Cade Cunningham makes a sweet pass

The Hawks won their Eastern Conference Group A tourney opener, while the Pistons fell to 0-2.

Saddiq Bey had 17 of his 19 points against his former team in the second half and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 17 points for the Hawks.

“Playing an In-Season Tournament game is like a playoff game for me,” said Bey, who was playing in Detroit for the first time since last season's trade for James Wiseman. “I knew I had to stay aggressive and locked in to give us a better chance to win the game.”

Trae Young missed the game after his wife gave birth to their second child on Monday.

“We obviously miss Trae, but every player on this team wanted him to be exactly where he is tonight — that's a special moment in life,” Hawks coach Quin Snyder said. “I don't think (Murray) felt any extra pressure with Trae out — he just did what he does every night.”

Marvin Bagley III led the Pistons with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Ausar Thompson added 21. Cade Cunningham had 12 assists, but shot 4 for 14 and had six turnovers.

“It's on us to make his life easier,” Bagley said of Cunningham. “Cade's a great player — everyone has seen that — but we have to find ways to get him going.”

Detroit turned the ball over 17 times for 19 points, and is averaging 22 points allowed off turnovers this season.

“We've got to stop using the young thing around here,” Pistons coach Monty Williams said. “If you were in high school, no one would say that — they would just tell you to stop it. We just have to stop doing it.”

The Hawks led 97-91 going into the fourth quarter and continued to force turnovers, but couldn't hit enough shots to put Detroit away.

Cunningham's layup with 5:31 left brought the Pistons within 111-110, and Kevin Knox II's dunk put Detroit up 117-116 with 2:01 left.

De'Andre Hunter answered with a short jumper, Cunningham missed, and Murray passed to Clint Capela for a dunk to make it 120-117 with 58.3 seconds left.

Knox airballed an attempted tying 3, and Murray hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game. Detroit thought it had a chance at a four-point play with 28 seconds left, but the officials ruled Murray fouled Alec Burks before he took his 3-pointer.

“It is what it is — I'm not going to do any ranting,” Williams said. “But I'm not sure what else you can do in that situation. What else are you trying to do but hit a 3? It's Alec Burks. That's what he does.”

Murray and Bogdanovic scored 32 of Atlanta's 64 points as they took a four-point lead into halftime.


Hawks: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

Pistons: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in a tournament group stage game.

Regular Season Series

ATL leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Pistons: 41.4%
Hawks: 58.6%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 126 - 120
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 126 - 120
4th 0.1 Jalen Johnson defensive rebound 126 - 120
4th 0.1 Clint Capela blocks Cade Cunningham 's 4-foot driving layup 126 - 120
4th 6.1 Saddiq Bey makes free throw 2 of 2 126 - 120

45-87 FG 47-90
51.7 Field Goal % 52.2
12-33 3PT 10-29
36.4 Three Point % 34.5
24-26 FT 16-23
92.3 Free Throw % 69.6
41 Rebounds 42
10 Offensive Rebounds 14
31 Defensive Rebounds 28
28 Assists 36
9 Steals 9
7 Blocks 6
14 Turnovers 17
0 Team Turnovers 0
14 Total Turnovers 17
0 Technical Fouls 1
0 Total Technical Fouls 1
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
17 Points Off Turnovers 19
17 Fast Break Points 16
48 Points in Paint 70
19 Fouls 20
12 Largest Lead 5

Game Information

Little Caesars Arena

Location: Detroit, MI
Attendance: 16,963 · Capacity:

2023-24 Southeast Standings

Miami 30 25 .545 - W2
Orlando 30 25 .545 - W1
Atlanta 24 31 .436 6 L2
Charlotte 13 41 .241 16.5 W3
Washington 9 45 .167 20.5 L8

2023-24 Central Standings

Cleveland - 17 W1 0.6792453 36
Milwaukee 2.5 21 L2 0.625 35
Indiana 6.5 25 W1 0.5535714 31
Chicago 11 29 L1 0.47272727 26
Detroit 28.5 46 L3 0.14814815 8
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