ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30: Marvin Williams #24 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after hitting a three-point basket as time expired against the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena on December 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Pistons Vs. Hawks: Atlanta Has Little Trouble in 116-84 Rout

Aiming for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks cruised to a 116-84 win over the Pistons.

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Hawks Vs. Pistons: Atlanta Has Little Trouble In 116-84 Rout Of Detroit

The Hawks had no problem with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, as Atlanta's 116-84 win moves the Hawks closer to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta has already clinched a playoff spot, so the focus is on fourth place and getting home-court advantage in the first round. The Hawks entered Wednesday 1/2 game behind the Boston Celtics for fourth and tied with the Orlando Magic. Those two teams are currently playing tonight.

Tracy McGrady led the Hawks with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. With the game in hand for much of the night, five players on the Atlanta bench scored at least nine points. Ivan Johnson had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Among the starters, Joe Johnson scored 13 points in 22 minutes while Josh Smith had 12 points in 19 minutes. The Hawks shot 49.4 percent, while the Pistons shot 34.8 percent. Detroit has not won in Atlanta in more than four years and will have to wait until next season for another shot.

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

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Hawks Vs. Pistons Score Update: Atlanta Cruising With 72-42 Halftime Lead

Looking to move into the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference for home court in the first round, the Hawks are doing their part by leading the Detroit Pistons 72-42 at halftime.

The Hawks entered Wednesday 1/2 game behind the Boston Celtics for the fourth seed in the East. But the Hawks also were tied with the Orlando Magic. The Celtics and Magic are playing tonight, so Atlanta could be in a different position at the end of the night.

The Hawks are getting scoring from across the board. Marvin Williams and Tracy McGrady lead Atlanta with 10 points each. Josh Smith and Jannero Pargo each have nine points. Ivan Johnson has eight points. The Hawks are shooting 62.2 percent from the floor (28-for-45), including 6-for-13 from three-point range. The Pistons are shooting just 34.1 percent.

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

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Pistons Vs. Hawks Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Hawks open their final five-game home stand of the regular season on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

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