Pistons kick off season with 106-94 win in Atlanta
ATLANTA – The Detroit Pistons kicked off the 2015-2016 season with a 106-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks, who won 60 games to lead the Eastern Conference last season.
Detroit used a late burst to carry a 48-43 lead into halftime and blew the game open with an 11-point edge in the 3rd quarter. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the team with 21 points on seven of 14 shooting.
Marcus Morris had a solid debut for the Pistons, scoring 18 points despite shooting just six for 19 on the night. He also chipped in 10 rebounds and four assists. Andre Drummond also notched a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 19 rebounds.
The Pistons dominated the Hawks on the glass, out-rebounding the home team 59-40 overall and 23-7 on the offensive end.
Ersan Ilyasova, 16 points, and Reggie Jackson, 15 points, rounded out a starting five that all scored at least 15 points. Jackson led the team with five assists and two steals.
Stanley Johnson struggled shooting the ball in his NBA debut, making just three of 10 attempts. But the Pistons' first-round pick helped out with four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes on the court.
Aron Baynes also gave Detroit a lift off the bench, scoring six points and grabbing five boards.
The Hawks were paced by Dennis Schroder, who scored 20 points off the bench. Paul Millsap led the starters with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Pistons will turn around and play the second of a back-to-back Wednesday night against the Jazz at The Palace. Utah won the two meetings last season by a combined four points.
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