Here are the key players and five observations on the game:
Three key players
Jeff Teague: The point guard finished with a team-high 23 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Paul Millsap: The power forward finished with 18 points and five rebounds.
Al Horford: The center finished with 15 points and four rebounds.
1. Teague dominates
Jeff Teague nearly had a triple-double in 32 minutes. He had nine points, four assists and four rebounds in the second quarter as the Hawks built a double-digit lead.
The Hawks started the strategy of fouling Andre Drummond early — as in the first quarter. They fouled the Pistons center on three consecutive possessions in the opening period, from 2:10 to 1:22 when Drummond was substituted for. He was 3-of-6 from the line, including missing his first two attempts badly. The Hawks did it again in the second quarter, sending Drummond to the free-throw line for six more attempts. He made 2 of the 6 and exited the game with 5:44 left and did not return in the first half. The strategy continued in the third quarter, even with the Hawks up by 16 points. Drummond was fouled, gave a stare in coach Mike Budenholzer’s direction and missed twice. The strategy even continued in the fourth quarter with the Hawks leading by double-digits. He finished 7-of-18 from the line. He did have a game-high 25 points, 12 in the fourth quarter.
3. … And with Drummond out
After the Pistons took Drummond out in the second quarter, the Hawks went on a 19-7 run. They took a 61-45 advantage into the intermission, the fourth time they exceeded 60 points in a first half this season. Tiago Splitter scored eight points in the run, all with Drummond watching from the bench. Teague had six points in the run as he was able to penetrate.
The Hawks were beaten badly on the boards, 59-40, in the season-opening loss to the Pistons. Through the first two quarters Wednesday, they held a 28-26 advantage over the Pistons, who led 9-5 on the offensive glass. For the game, the Hawks were outrebounded by just a 46-42 margin.
5. Korver moving up the charts
Kyle Korver made a third-quarter 3-pointer and tied Rashard Lewis (1,787) for ninth on NBA/ABA all-time list. Chauncey Billups ranks eighth with 1,830.