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The Pistons nearly blew an upset victory over the Hawks, but they squeaked out their fourth-straight win thanks to Al Horford's big feet.
Detroit began the fourth quarter with a 12-point lead, but scored only 11 in the final frame while letting Atlanta come all the way back. Hawks' big man Al Horford hit what appeared to be a game-tying three-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining, but replay showed that the tip of Horford's right shoe had toed the line. Jeff Teague gave the Hawks another when he stole the Pistons' inbounds pass, but rookie center Andre Drummond partially blocked a last-second attempt by Lou Williams.
Austin Daye paced the Pistons with a season-high 20 points and six rebounds off the bench. Greg Monroe scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Jason Maxiell notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Drummond came off the bench and finished with six points and nine rebounds in close to 20 minutes.
The Pistons remain in fourth-place in the Central Division. The Bulls seized first place with a 96-89 win over the Heat, while the Pacers dropped to second with a 94-75 loss to the Celtics. The third-place Bucks fell to the Rockets, 115-101, and Kyrie Irving hit a game-winning jumper to give the Cavaliers a 106-104 win over the Bobcats.
Elsewhere in the NBA, the Clippers took down the Lakers 107-102, the Thunder blew out the 76ers, 109-85, and the Nets won in double-overtime against the Wizards, 115-113, on a game-winning jumper from Joe Johnson.
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