Hawks handle Pistons

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Atlanta forward Josh Smith shoots over Detroit center Greg Monroe in the first half. Smith had 23 points as the Hawks moved into fourth place in the conference.  CARLOS OSORIO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta forward Josh Smith shoots over Detroit center Greg Monroe in the first half. Smith had 23 points as the Hawks moved into fourth place in the conference.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Al Horford had 23 points and 22 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 114-103 on Monday night for their fifth win in six games.

Josh Smith added 23 points for the Hawks, who were ahead 61-51 at halftime and led by as many as 26 in the third quarter.

The Pistons have lost three in a row, all without guard Brandon Knight, who has a hyperextended right knee. Will Bynum was also out Monday because of a suspension.

Jeff Teague had 20 points for Atlanta, which shot 14 of 33 from 3-point range. Kyle Korver scored 15 points, all from beyond the arc.

Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 22 points, and Jonas Jerebko added 21.

Horford equaled his career high in rebounds.

Atlanta’s only loss in its past six games was to Miami, and the Heat lead the Hawks by 8½ games in the Southeast Division. But the Hawks are very much on the bubble for home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. They moved percentage points ahead of Brooklyn for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Pistons were already without rookie big man Andre Drummond, who has a stress fracture in his back, and Knight’s recent injury made matters worse. With Bynum suspended for striking Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough during a game against the Pacers on Saturday, Kim English – a second-round pick in last year’s draft – became the top guard off the bench.

The Hawks were without Zaza Pachulia because of an Achilles strain.

WIZARDS 90, RAPTORS 84

In Toronto, Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Nene had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Washington earned its third consecutive victory.

A.J. Price and Martell Webster each added 12 points for the Wizards, who won for just the fifth time in 27 road games this season. Washington’s road record is the worst in the NBA.

John Wall had 10 points and seven assists, and Emeka Okafor had eight points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards won for the 14th time in 23 games.

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and Kyle Lowry had 18 for the Raptors, who had won six of their previous seven.

THUNDER: Signed veteran Derek Fisher on Monday, filling an opening for a third point guard that was created when Eric Maynor got traded to Portland.

Fisher joins Oklahoma City for the stretch run for the second consecutive season. He played in 20 regular-season games and then all 20 playoff games last season. He has not played in the NBA this season after being unsigned as a free agent during the off-season.

Fisher won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers before getting traded to Houston last season.


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