Detroit Pistons pull off another stunner, this time beating Atlanta Hawks 113-110 in overtime
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Cade Cunningham had 28 points and 10 assists, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 113-110 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
“He’s the Rookie of the Year,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey. “It’s not even close.”
Jerami Grant scored 23 and reserve Marvin Bagley had 19 points for the Pistons, who have won a season-high three straight and six of their last eight games.
“I wish it was back in November, but it takes time for guys to grow,” Casey said. “I’m really optimistic about … the way they’re growing.”
Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic had 22 points before fouling out with 1.6 seconds left, drawing a whistle while defending Cunningham on an inbounds pass.
“I feel bad that I did it, but I didn’t have any intention of fouling the guy,” Bogdanovic said.
The Hawks, likely competing for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, had chances to win late in regulation and to extend the game to another overtime against a team playing only for pride.
But Trae Young and John Hunter each missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the game, and Hunter split free throws with 1.6 seconds left in regulation. Young also missed a jump shot with 6 seconds left in the fourth quarter to hurt his team’s chances of winning a third straight game.