AUBURN HILLS, Mich. I think it's finally safe to say that these Pistons are not the same ones who started the season 0-8.
Those Pistons had leads late and couldn't hold them.
These Pistons somehow are managing to hang on for victory more often than not.
That's how they were able to defeat an Atlanta Hawks team that came into the game 20-10 and just two games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division.
So even when the Pistons saw their 17-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle to one point, they managed to make just enough plays to hold on for an 85-84 win in front of 14,832 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
"If it ain't rough, it ain't right, I guess," coach Lawrence Frank said, channeling former Piston Chauncey Billups. "That's what they say, Bad Boys for life. You'd rather learn these lessons in a win than in a loss."
The Pistons (13-22) are in the midst of a season-high four-game winning streak and have won six of their last seven.
In addition to playing better, the Pisto...