Hawks, Pistons collide at Philips Arena

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks will try and rebound from a disappointing loss last time out when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to Philips Arena.

On Tuesday, the Hawks surrendered the first road victory of the season to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-109. It was also Atlanta's first home setback of the campaign.

The Lakers opened a 15-point halftime lead and the Hawks chipped away. They had a chance with 7.7 seconds left, but Pero Antic missed a 3-pointer for the tie.

LA made two free throws and iced the victory.

"We dug ourselves too big of a whole," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Playing from behind the entire game was difficult. You can't put yourself in that position."

Paul Millsap netted 29 points to lead the Hawks, who received 23 from Jeff Teague and 15 from Al Horford. Thabo Sefolosha added 10 in the loss, the second straight for the Hawks.

Atlanta may get some reinforcements Friday as starting forward DeMarre Carroll has been listed as probable with a groin strain. He sat out the last four games.

The Pistons dropped their third straight on Wednesday thanks to an 88-86 defeat at home to the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix's Eric Bledsoe knifed through the lane for the go-ahead layup with 28.7 seconds left on the clock. Markieff Morris blocked a Brandon Jennings layup attempt with about five seconds to go and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who gave Detroit the lead with a late 3-pointer, missed from the top of the arc.

Bledsoe split a pair of foul shots with 1.3 ticks on the clock and Jennings' heave at the horn was well short.

"It's too bad they got an easy one as they did to win it," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Jennings posted 19 points and seven assists and Greg Monroe provided 18 points and 12 boards for Detroit, which has dropped six of its last seven games. Caldwell-Pope managed 15 in the loss.

Josh Smith will play his third game in Atlanta since signing a free-agent deal with the Pistons in the summer of 2013. Smith spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Hawks.

The two teams split four meetings last season and when the Pistons bested the Hawks in Atlanta on April 8, it snapped a 10-game series road losing streak for Detroit.