Atlanta's Steve Hawes made a 22-foot jump shot at the buzzer, giving Atlanta the victory over visiting Detroit.
Only moments before, Isiah Thomas missed a jump shot for Detroit from 14 feet that would have put the Pistons into the lead with 15 seconds left. After calling a timeout, the Hawks brought the ball in and then worked it around to Hawes, who posted up in the left corner just inside the three-point line for his game-winning shot.
Eddie Johnson made a nine-foot jumper from the base line with 39 seconds left to bring the Hawks into a 93-all tie. Kent Benson had put Detroit up with 57 seconds left, hitting a 12-foot jump shot. That gave Detroit a 93-91 edge.
The Hawks, after leading, 60-50, at the half, cooled in the third quarter and were hurt by an 18-0 run by the Pistons that lasted until Dominique Wilkins' dunk with 4:42 remaining in the period.
The Hawks then outscored the Pistons, 10-2, over the next two minutes and 28 seconds, with Rory Sparrow making a 10-foot jumper with 2:14 remaining to tie the game at 70. The Pistons led, 75-71, at the end of the third quarter.
On the night, Wilkins led all scorers with 29 and Sparrow had 18 for Atlanta.
For the Pistons, Thomas and Bill Laimbeer both got 16; Kelly Tripucka had 15.