ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young had 32 points and nine assists, John Collins scored 22 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 122-104 on Monday night.
The Hawks have won 24 of their last 30 home games, including playoff games, dating to Feb. 21.
Young, who averaged 28.5 points during the team’s postseason run, became the first player in NBA history to record 20 points and seven assists in his first 13 career playoff games. He again looked in his prime facing the Pistons.
The Pistons' Kelly Olynyk had 17 of his 21 points in the first half and Saddiq Bey scored 21 for Detroit, which dropped to 0-3. Olynyk and Josh Johnson were new additions to the Pistons’ starting lineup — Olynyk replacing the injured Jerami Grant and Johnson taking the spot of Frank Jackson.
A dunk from Collins and a layup by Young pushed the Hawks' lead back to double digits at 73-62 early in the third. Collins followed with an alley-oop layup on pass from Kevin Huerter to make it 75-62, and Detroit coach Dwane Casey called timeout.
Collins hit a runner on the next Atlanta possession to push the lead to 77-62, the biggest of the game at the time.
But Hawks coach Nate McMillan had to call timeout after Bey scored inside to pull the Pistons within seven at the 3:47 mark of the third. After Reddish, Lou Williams and Gorgui Deng hit 3s, Young’s layup pushed the lead to 93-77.
Atlanta led 95-79 entering the fourth, and continued its offensive assault. After Collins made a one-handed dunk over Olynyk on another alley-oop pass from Huerter in the closing minutes to make it 120-97. He and the starters left the game at that point.
Atlanta led 62-54 at halftime.
Pistons: Grant could not play because of a left elbow infection. ... No. 1 overall draft pick Cade Cunningham, with a right ankle sprain, did not make the trip. ... Rookie F Isaiah Livers was out with a left knee ailment.
Hawks: F De’Andre Hunter wasn’t feeling well enough to play and stayed home, McMillan said. Hunter’s illness is not COVID-19 related. Huerter started in his spot and scored 14. ... F Danilo Gallinari missed his third straight game with left shoulder soreness.
The play of Pistons point guard Killian Hayes was a concern as he entered with a one-point scoring average, but he ended up with 12 points and three assists on Monday. “We knew there was going to be growing pains,” Casey said. “He’s young. You can’t wave a magic wand on any of our point guards right now and hope and say he should be doing this and he should be doing that. There’s going to be steps, and our job right now is to continue to support him, to push him, to kick him in the behind and put an arm around him at the same time.”
Pistons: Host Orlando on Thursday.
Hawks: At New Orleans on Wednesday.
George Henry , The Associated Press