(SportsNetwork.com) - The nation will once again celebrate the gifts of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, but the city of Atlanta, Georgia has a heavier heart than any other.
King was born in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1929 and the hometown Hawks will pay homage to the humanitarian with a matinee affair versus the Detroit Pistons in the opener of a seven-game homestand.
The Hawks will also entertain Indiana, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Portland and Philadelphia, and are 16-3 at Philips Arena. The Hawks have won three in a row at home.
Atlanta is riding a 12-game winning streak overall and completed a perfect four-game road trip with Saturday's 107-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Kyle Korver buried 7-of-9 3-pointers en route to 24 points, Al Horford notched 22 points and nine rebounds, and Jeff Teague produced 17 points to go along with 11 assists.
"I felt like tonight we were a little tired ... but guys kept fighting, nobody made excuses and we just kept playing," Horford said.
The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks are 14-9 all-time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and second in opponents' scoring at 96.6 ppg. The Southeast Division leaders have made 10 or more 3-pointers in each of the last eight games, and Korver needs one more to tie Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins (500) for fifth on the team's all-time list.
Atlanta's franchise record for consecutive wins is 14 set back in 1993. The Hawks are a sizzling 26-2 in the past 28 games.
Detroit has won two in a row, four of five and 11 of the last 13 games, including Saturday's 107-89 victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.
Kyle Singler made 6-of-8 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ended with 17 points and Anthony Tolliver netted 16 points for the Pistons, who scored 30 points off 22 Philly turnovers and posted 31 points in the first quarter. Detroit had a 56-37 lead at halftime.
"We got off to a great start," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I think our guys took a lot of pride to come out and be ready to play."
The Pistons carried an 81-62 lead into the final quarter and recorded a season-high 16 steals.
Detroit is riding a seven-game road winning streak and has a 10-10 mark away from The Palace this season. The Pistons won seven straight on the road back in 2002 and have never recorded eight consecutive victories as the visitor.
The Pistons will host Orlando next on Wednesday and are 0-2 against the Hawks this season. The two teams will meet again March 31 at The Palace. Atlanta has won 11 of the past 15 games in this series
Detroit has lost 11 of its previous 12 visits to Philips Arena.
Teague is averaging 21.0 ppg in two games against the Pistons.