3. On that note, the Pistons got whatever they wanted from the get-go, jumping out to a 36-29 lead after the first quarter, shooting 59.3% from the field (and 46.9% from 3) to the Hawks’ 43% (29.4% from 3). Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 27 points and nine assists, registering his eighth-straight game with 20-plus points and paving the way to their season-high in scoring. “We had a defensive game plan and we’ve played this team a bunch of times and we knew how they were going to attack us and I feel like we just didn’t execute on our plan well,” Collins said. “I think we came out a little slow and let them hit us first and didn’t really respond too well.”
4. Playing on the second night of back-to-backs continues to be a challenge for the Hawks, who are 1-8 in that scenario. Their lone win on the second night of a back-to-back, or their second game in two days, was a win against the Pacers Jan. 4, when Young scored 41 points. They’ve got a little time before their next back-to-back, which comes in Orlando Feb. 10 (they host the Knicks the night before). “We’ve struggled on back-to-backs,” Pierce said. “It’s not an excuse, it’s just the reality.”
5. Interestingly, rookie De’Andre Hunter, one of the Hawks who has struggled the most on the second night of back-to-backs, had a solid offensive game with 19 points (8-for-15 on field goals, 2-for-6 from 3-point range, 1-for-1 on free throws), five rebounds and three assists. “The one guy that’s really struggled is De’Andre, and he actually came out, I thought he was good tonight,” Pierce said. “I thought he was in the right mindset. He got downhill, got to his spots.” Hunter has had a quiet January so far, averaging 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
By the numbers
31 (the amount of assists the Pistons had, compared to the Hawks’ 18)
“They didn’t feel us in the first half. They didn’t feel us all game, actually. And that was the biggest issue. We were just kind of chasing them all night.” (Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce on what went wrong in the loss)