Drummond and Johnson guide Pistons to victory over Hawks

Drummond and Johnson guide Pistons to victory over Hawks

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ATLANTA (AP) Andre Drummond sum 23 points and 11 rebounds, Stanley Johnson got his highest score of the season with 22 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 124-109 on Friday.

In a game that was basically decided in the first quarter, the Pistons were so dominant that they scored 74 points and outscored by 23 at halftime despite Blake Griffin, the fifth highest scorer in the NBA this campaign, failed his only two shots field.

Drummond's double-double was the 300th of his career, the most in the league since his rookie season in 2012-13. The Hawks did not have anyone capable of facing the 2.10 meter and 126.5 kilogram player. In his last three games, Drummond has connected 31 field goals, hitting 62% and added 54 rebounds.

The Hawks, in the process of rebuilding and one of the youngest players in the NBA, have lost three in a row and seven of eight. Jeremy Lin finished with 19 units. Trae Young had 16 and Omari Spellman contributed 14 points and 10 boards.

Griffin did not make a single shot until the 2:20 mark in the second quarter, to go to the break with seven assists and five rebounds in his first 10 minutes. His first basket, a triple from the right corner, came with 5:14 to play in the third, to extend the advantage of his team to 93-67. He finished with nine rebounds, nine assists and six points.

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