Hawks Take Down Pistons 85-78

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sudnay, December 21, 2008. (AP) -- Mike Bibby put an end to Detroit's domination of the Hawks, scoring a season-high 27 points to lead Atlanta to an 85-78 win over the Pistons on Sunday.

Detroit trailed by 18 points early in the second half before launching a steady comeback in the matchup of second-place teams. The Pistons cut the lead to 80-76 on a basket by Rasheed Wallace with 2:30 remaining, but Bibby answered with a jumper.

With Atlanta leading 83-78, Detroit called timeout with 20 seconds left. Joe Johnson grabbed the rebound on a miss by Tayshaun Prince and hit two free throws to seal the win.

The Pistons swept the four-game series with the Hawks last season, but each of the four games came before Atlanta acquired Bibby from Sacramento on Feb. 16.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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