Nov 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) is defended by Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Milsap (4) during the first quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons Fall to Hawks in Josh Smith’s Return to Atlanta


Atlanta Hawks 93, Detroit Pistons 85 (box score)

It wasn’t a happy homecoming for Josh Smith in his first return to Atlanta since signing with the Pistons over the offseason.  Not only did his new team lose to his old team, but Smith had one of his worst offensive games of the season.

Smith earned his big contract with the Pistons by being a productive player but he has never been known as one of the more efficient players in the league. Smith went just 5-15 from the field against the Hawks including 0-4 from behind the arc. His 11 points is tied for his second-lowest output of the season.

Like Smith, Brandon Jennings has earned a reputation as a guy who makes a lot of shots because he takes a lot of shots. That was the case again tonight with Jennings finishing with 21 points after jacking up 21 shots.

Rodney Stuckey was a star off the bench once again with 18 efficient points on 12 field goal attempts.

The Pistons fall to 4-7 on the young season, including just one win in six tries on the road. They won’t have to wait long to get back at the Hawks. Both teams will fly North to meet again on Friday, this time at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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