For the opening 24 minutes, it appeared that the Detroit Pistons would be heading towards their fourth consecutive loss. Poor defense was on display yet again as the Atlanta Hawks put up a whopping 63 points that put Detroit in an 11-point hole.
The 2nd half was a completely different story, as the Pistons showed signs of what could be possible if they can gel together on a consistent basis. Motown rallied as they outscored the Hawks 34-20 in the 3rd quarter, ultimately leading to a 115-107 victory in front of the Palace crowd.
Greg Monroe put up one of his best statistical performances of the season, finishing with 22 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 boards are the most that Monroe has had since he grabbed 17 against the Milwauke Bucks on Dec. 4. Yes, it has been that long.
Could this performance be due to the passing of the trade deadline? Monroe was mentioned in numerous trade scenarios, so it’s quite possible that he was finally able to concentrate with his on-court play.
Tonight’s win was crucial due to the fact it that it came against a team that Detroit is looking up to in the standings.
The Hawks have struggled as of late and have now lost eight consecutive games. The Pistons now only trail both Atlanta and the Charlott Bobcats by two and a half games for a spot in the East’s top eight.
Detroit will have the opportunity to build upon this victory right away, as they host the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night.