The Detroit Pistons came up with an offensive outburst against a team not accustomed to yielding them but poor defense left them with a disappointing start to the longest home stand in franchise history.
The Atlanta Hawks’ point guards broke down the Pistons’ defense almost at will Wednesday for a 118-114 victory in the opener of a nine-game Detroit home stand.
The loss is the second straight for the Pistons.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the team with 24 points.
Reggie Jackson had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists.
The Pistons (34-34) remain ninth in the Eastern Conference, percentage points behind the Chicago Bulls for the last playoff spot.
The Bulls also lost Wednesday.
Detroit will continue their home stand Friday against Sacramento.
Oklahoma City Thunder 130, Boston Celtics 109
Charlotte Hornets 107, Orlando Magic 99
Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Dallas Mavericks 98
Washington Wizards 117, Chicago Bulls 96
Atlanta Hawks 118, Detroit Pistons 114
Minnesota Timberwolves 114, Memphis Grizzlies 108
Los Angeles Clippers 122, Houston Rockets 106
New Orleans Pelicans 123, Sacramento Kings 108
Golden State Warriors 121, New York Knicks 85
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes radio Sports