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Pistons Vs. Hawks: Jeff Teague, Josh Smith Lead Atlanta Past Detroit 101-96

Jeff Teague scored 24 points and handed out 11 assists to help the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Detroit Pistons 101-96.

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NBA Standings 2012: Pacers Defeat Thunder, Atlanta Still Trails Indiana By 1.5 Games

The Atlanta Hawks are trying to keep the pressure on but the Indiana Pacers aren't faltering. Atlanta moved to a season-best 10 games over .500 Friday night with a 101-96 win over the Detroit Pistons to keep the pressure on. However, Atlanta wasn't able to make up any ground because the Pacers handed the Oklahoma City Thunder its third-straight loss 103-98 despite 44 points from Kevin Durant.

Indiana has now won four straight and seven of its last 10. The Pacers will host the Boston Celtics Saturday night who are trying to maintain their lead over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic Division. Atlanta will hit the road to take on the Charlotte Bobcats who they defeated on Wednesday 120-93.

Here is a look at the Eastern Conference Standings through Friday night's action:


Team W L GB
1. Chicago Bulls 43 13 --
2. Miami Heat 39 15 3.0
3. Indiana Pacers 34 21 8.5
4. Boston Celtics 30 24 12.0
5. Atlanta Hawks 33 23 10.0
6. Orlando Magic 32 23 10.5
7. Philadelphia 76ers 29 25 13.0
8. New York Knicks 28 27 14.5

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 Final Score: Atlanta Holds On For 101-96 Win Over Detroit

The Atlanta Hawks saw a 10 point lead disappear in the fourth quarter but weathered the storm to come away with a 101-96 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Atlanta entered the fourth quarter leading 78-68 but saw Detroit start the quarter on a run that saw the Pistons take a 83-80 advantage with 7:28 remaining. The Hawks didn't blink as Josh Smith scored the next six points for the Hawks to retake the lead at 86-85 and they would never trail again.

Jeff Teague finished with one of his best performances of the season with 24 points, five rebounds and 11 assists. Teague went 9-16 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line in the game. Josh Smith added 22 points and 12 rebounds to continue his streak of excellent play. Joe Johnson hit 6-16 from the field and finished with 16 points and seven assists.

Atlanta also got a lift from Ivan Johnson off the bench as he filled in for Zaza Pachulia who was saddled with foul trouble for most of the night. Johnson finished with 16 points and six rebounds and provided energy and muscle against the Pistons front court. Marvin Williams added 12 points off the bench and went 8-10 from the free throw line including 5-6 in the game's closing minutes.

Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 27 points off the bench before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. Will Bynum chipped in 15 points while rookie Brandan Knight added 13.

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 Score: Jeff Teague Leads Atlanta To 52-43 Advantage At Halftime

The Atlanta Hawks rebounded from a slow start to the second quarter and finished the half on a 16-2 run to take a 52-43 lead into halftime against the Detroit Pistons.

After getting off to a good start the Hawks were outperformed by the Pistons' bench to start the second quarter forcing a time out from Larry Drew with 6:03 remaining and Atlanta down 38-32. Drew went back with his starting lineup and the results were much better as Atlanta closed the half on a 16-2 run behind strong play from Jeff Teague.

Teague leads the Hawks with 17 points including a lay in where he took the inbounds pass at mid-court with just three seconds remaining and weaved his way through the Pistons defense to lay it in at the halftime horn. Teague hit 7-11 shots in the first half and also handed out four assists.

Josh Smith continued his solid play with 11 points and seven rebounds at the intermission. Ivan Johnson added eight points and four boards off the bench while Joe Johnson has seven points and five assists.

Former Georgia Tech standout Will Bynum paced the Detroit comeback with nine points off the bench. Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey each have eight points at the break.

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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2012 NBA Standings: Atlanta Moves Into Fifth Place Tie With Orlando

With just eleven games remaining things are tightening in the Eastern Conference standings as the Atlanta Hawks try to secure home court advantage for the first-round of the NBA playoffs.

Thanks to the skidding Orlando Magic, the Hawks moved into a tie for fifth place after the Magic lost their fifth game in a row on Thursday. Both the Hawks and the Magic are 32-23 on the season with Atlanta holding the tie-breaker. Atlanta is just a game and a half behind third place Indiana which is something that Larry Drew is making sure that his team is well aware of after hanging a board with the standings on them in the players' locker room.

Still Atlanta has to be most concerned with taking care of its own business. With games tonight against Detroit and tomorrow against Charlotte, the Hawks can ill-afford a slip up against teams that are well out of playoff contention.

"Our focus, our mentality has to be [about] what we do. One thing we are talking about is we have to get into that playoff mode. As we wind down the season we don't take possessions off, irregardless of opponent, with the mindset of just being consistent on both ends of the floor."

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 look to continue their push for home court advantage in the playoffs when they take on the Detroit Pistons Friday night at the highlight factory.

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