Hawks Vs. Pistons: Joe Johnson Returns, Atlanta Falls 86-85 In Detroit

Joe Johnson scored 18 points but the Atlanta Hawks suffered an 86-85 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

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Hawks Vs. Pistons Final Score: Atlanta Suffers 86-85 Loss In Detroit

The Atlanta Hawks got off to a fast start but another poor third quarter proved to be the difference in an 86-85 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

After taking a 50-41 lead into halftime, Atlanta was outscored 26-12 in the third quarter to completely lose control of the basketball game. The Hawks trailed by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before rallying to take an 85-84 lead on a Jeff Teague lay up with 36 seconds remaining. Tayshaun Prince's running hook shot in the lane put the Pistons back up 12 seconds later. Joe Johnson's desperation shot from the corner was no good and Josh Smith's follow attempt came after the buzzer.

Josh Smith scored a game-high 21 points but was just 8-19 from the floor and spent a large portion of the second half on the bench in foul trouble. Joe Johnson hit 6-12 shots for 18 points while Marvin Williams added 16 points. Ivan Johnson chipped in 10 points and five steals off the bench.

Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 20 points and Jason Maxiell added 19 points and 12 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince scored 17 including the game winner. Detroit hit 56 percent of its shots going 38-68 from the field. The Pistons hot shooting helped them overcome 20 turnovers in the game.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Pistons fans should join the conversation at Detroit Bad Boys. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Hawks Vs. Pistons Score: Atlanta Takes 50-41 Lead Over Detroit Into Halftime

The Atlanta Hawks got All-Star Joe Johnson back from injury and clawed their way to a 50-41 lead at halftime over the Detroit Pistons. Both teams shot the ball well in the first half although Atlanta benefited by scoring 10 points off of 13 Detroit turnovers.

Josh Smith once again leads the Hawks with 13 points on 6-10 shooting the first half. Marvin Williams snapped out of his recent shooting slump to score 12 points including 3-3 from three-point range. Joe Johnson returned to the starting lineup playing 13 minutes in the first half and hitting 3-6 field goals for seven first half points. Kirk Hinrich and Ivan Johnson gave the Hawks a lift off the bench combining for 13 points. Hinrich hit all three of his shots from the field for his seven points while Johnson finished with six points, two steals and two assists.

The Pistons' Jason Maxiell always seems to hurt the Hawks and tonight is no different as he leads the team with 11 points and six rebounds. Rodney Stuckey added nine points while Greg Monroe and Tayshaun Prince have six each.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Pistons fans should join the conversation at Detroit Bad Boys. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Joe Johnson Injury: Hawks Guard Returns To Starting Lineup Against Detroit

Injured Hawks guard Joe Johnson will make his return to the starting lineup during tonight's game against the Pistons. Johnson has missed the last four games with tendinitis in his right knee.

After sitting out the final two games before the All-Star break, Johnson returned to the lineup against the Golden State Warriors but once again had problems with the knee. He then shut it down for four more games but has reported no pain in the knee over the last few days while working out. It remains to be seen what kind of effect this condensed lockout schedule will have on Johnson's injury.

Kirk Hinrich had started the last four games alongside Jeff Teague with the Hawks going 3-1 in those contests.

For updates on the Atlanta Hawks and the Joe Johnson injury, visit Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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Joe Johnson Injury Update: Atlanta Hawks Star A Game-Time Decision Against Detroit Pistons

The Atlanta Hawks might have to play without Joe Johnson again Friday night against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Johnson is a game-time decision, according to a report from the Hawks public relations staff. Johnson has been suffering with tendinitis in his knee for a while now and if he misses Friday's game, it will be the fifth straight game the Hawks play without their best player.

In the four games Johnson has missed so far, Atlanta is 3-1, with its most recent loss coming at the hands of the Miami Heat. Until the injury, Johnson was averaging 17.6 points a game for the Hawks, who hold a 23-16 record as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Friday's game between the Hawks and Pistons is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.

For updates on the Atlanta Hawks and the Joe Johnson injury, visit Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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As Josh Smith trade rumors swirl, the Atlanta Hawks continue their road trip with a stop in Detroit to take on the Pistons.

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