Kirk Hinrich has seven points and Josh Smith six to lead the Hawks to a 21-17 lead through one quarter at a sedate Highlight Factory.
Tayshaun Prince posted six and Richard Hamilton four for the Pistons, who seek to stop a six-game road slide.
This is not exactly one to write home about just yet. The Hawks look sharp and are getting open looks at the basket. They also are going to the hole. But this is Detroit we're talking about. Atlanta should be doing those sorts of things against that team.
Atlanta shot 59-percent (10-for-17) in the frame and holds a slight 10-9 edge on the boards.