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Hawks vs. Pistons halftime score: Detroit leads Atlanta, 51-36

A poor second quarter has the Atlanta Hawks in a deep halftime hole.

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The Atlanta Hawks had a sluggish second quarter, scoring just 16 points, en route to a 51-36 halftime deficit against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday night.

Atlanta (20-10) shot poorly in every aspect possible, hitting just 35.9 percent of their shots from the field. The Hawks were 2-of-14 from behind the three-point line, and they made 6-of-11 free throw attempts. Detroit (12-22) was much better from the floor in the first 24 minutes, as the Pistons made 50 percent of their shots.

Two players scored in double-figures in the first half for Atlanta. Josh Smith had 14 points, and Al Horford chipped in 10 and added 10 rebounds. Smith and Horford combined to shoot 11-of-21 in the half, but the rest of the team was just 3-of-18.

In addition to their poor shooting, the Hawks were dominated on the boards in the first half. Detroit outrebounded Atlanta, 30-19

Austin Daye led the Pistons, scoring 16 points and grabbing four rebounds. Greg Monroe contributed 10 points and five rebounds.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.