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The Hawks were perhaps an Andre Drummond blocked shot away from leaving Detroit with a big-time comeback win and a one-game deficit in the Southeast division.
The Atlanta Hawks fell one point short of an impressive comeback victory on the road over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. After falling down by as many as 19 points, the Hawks had a shot to win it at the end, only to have Lou Williams' last-second attempt get blocked by the Pistons' Andre Drummond.
After Jeff Teague intercepted a pass to give the Hawks the ball with 4.1 seconds remaining, the Hawks came up with a plan to get a good shot off, Williams told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"We had drawn up one play and they had a foul to give. The actual play that we drew up they fouled us on it. After that, me and Al (Horford) kind of made eye contact just to do a dribble handoff. They had been cheating on our dribble handoff all game and I faked it to the corner. Al felt like both guys were going to go with me but they actually did a good job defensively."
Williams' shot bounced off the side of the backboard after Drummond got a piece of it, and just like that, the Hawks had blown an opportunity to move to within one game of the division-leading Miami Heat.
The Hawks, who are still in third place in the Eastern Conference, return home to face the Boston Celtics on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.