Joe Johnson fires Hawks past Pistons

Atlanta Hawks 107, Detroit Pistons 101, OT

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Joe Johnson scored 28 of his 30 points after halftime, including a tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in regulation, and the Atlanta Hawks stunned the Detroit Pistons 107-101 in overtime Friday night.

Atlanta's Tracy McGrady fires up a shot against  Detroit's Jonas Jerebko in the Hawks' win on Friday.  DUANE BURLESON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta's Tracy McGrady fires up a shot against Detroit's Jonas Jerebko in the Hawks' win on Friday.

Atlanta forced overtime with a pair of late 3-pointers. Marvin Williams made one with 33.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to three, then Johnson stole a pass inside and brought the ball up the court. Johnson looked like as if might have hurt himself, but he kept the ball and sank a tough 3-pointer over Rodney Stuckey to tie it.

The Hawks started the extra session with a 12-2 run, including 3-pointers by Williams and Josh Smith.

Greg Monroe scored 22 points for the Pistons.

Johnson was 1 of 9 from the field in the first half, but he recovered in a big way, surpassing 14,000 points for his career and continuing a strong stretch for him since the Hawks lost Al Horford earlier this month to a torn pectoral muscle.

The Hawks are now 10-1 when Johnson scores at least 20 points.

Atlanta rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to tie it in the fourth quarter, but Jason Maxiell’s three-point play put the Pistons ahead 73-70 and started what looked like a decisive 8-0 run.

But the Pistons couldn’t hold on, starting a stretch of seven games in nine days on a sour note. Detroit had a chance to win it even after Johnson’s big 3-pointer in the final seconds of the fourth, but Brandon Knight’s last-second shot wasn’t close.

 
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