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ATLANTA -- Josh Smith was glad to get past his homecoming. Nike Air Huarache Femme . Smiths former Atlanta teammates were glad to hang on for an ugly win. Paul Millsap, signed in the off-season to replace Smith, had 19 points to steal the spotlight in Smiths return to Atlanta, leading the Hawks to a 93-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Smith, who signed with Detroit after nine seasons with the Hawks, had 11 points while shooting 5 of 15 from the field. "Im glad I got this one under my belt," Smith said. "Now we can move on and just focus on playing basketball." There was a mixed response for Smith in pregame introductions but only applause following a "Thanks Josh Smith" message on the video board during the first timeout. "It was what I expected, kind of," Smith said. "Some cheering, a little bit of boos, but its all good." Smith called his return to his hometown "kind of a surreal moment" before the game. Al Horford, Smiths former teammate, said "it was different" to have Smith wearing the Pistons blue uniform on the Hawks home court. "Josh was a teammate of mine for a long time and I know he felt it," Horford said. "I felt it, too. There was a little nostalgia, I think you could say. But it was good. Hes trying to move forward and so are we, but it was just good to see him." The Hawks pulled away after leading 66-64 through three quarters. Jeff Teague scored 18 points and DeMarre Carroll had 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks was ejected with 2:36 remaining after complaining to an official during a timeout. Cheeks wouldnt reveal what he said that drew the two technical fouls and ejection. "Nothing. Just got em," Cheeks said. "I dont need to get fined!" Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 21 points. Rodney Stuckey had 18 before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Each team showed signs of playing the second of back-to-back nights. "Its important during the season to find a way to win some ugly games and I think our group tonight found a way to do that, to find some energy when it probably wasnt easy for either group," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Added Horford: "It wasnt the prettiest game. We just made enough plays to win the game." Millsap started after missing the Hawks loss at Miami on Tuesday night with a sore right elbow. Millsap, who made eight of 14 shots, said he wasnt motivated by comparisons with Smith. "Im not Josh Smith," Millsap said. "It didnt faze me at all. It wasnt about me. Its not about me." Instead, it was about Smith for many fans and perhaps for the forward who had three steals and blocked two shots. "My teammates know how important the game is to me," Smith said before the game. Asked what he has missed about his Atlanta hometown, Smith said: "My house. And my mothers home cooking." Smith missed a jump hook on the Pistons first possession and then missed two 3-pointers before making a layup for his first field goal. Smith wasnt the only player to struggle with poor shooting early. Each team shot under 30 per cent in the first quarter. The Pistons led 46-43 at halftime before Atlanta took a 66-64 advantage into the final period. Mike Scott scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Teague had eight points in the final period. NOTES: Kyle Korver has made a 3-pointer in 85 consecutive games, four shy of matching the NBA record set by Dana Barros (1994-96). Korver left the game in the first period with a left eye laceration. The cut did not require stitches and he returned early in the second period to make his first of two 3s. ... The Pistons were without G Chauncey Billups (left knee tendinitis), G Will Bynum (sore left hamstring) and F Charlie Villanueva (back). ... The teams play again Friday night at Detroit. Nike Roshe Run 2015 . And the young leadoff hitter kept coming through for the Miami Marlins. Yelich set career highs with four hits and four RBIs, including the go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning, as the Marlins beat the Texas Rangers 8-5 on Tuesday night for their record-tying 13th consecutive interleague victory. Nike Roshe Run Low . Atletico is tied on 70 points with Madrid, which hosts Barcelona later Sunday. Barcelona has 66 points. Gabi Fernandez opened the scoring in what had been a hard fought contest until Bryan Rodriguez was shown a second yellow card for blatantly swiping at the ball with his hand in the 55th minute. http://www.frpaschernike.org/nike-roshe-run-homme.html . -- Clippers star Blake Griffin fired off some harsh words for the Golden State Warriors after being ejected on a Christmas night turned spirited. SEATTLE -- Before beginning the most important home series of the season, Seattle coach Lloyd McClendon had a brief message. The playoffs for the Mariners start now. "I told my guys, this is real simple This is really playoff baseball," McClendon said. "Averages, slumps, all those things are out the window. What you did against a guy last time really makes no difference. Its all about grinding your at-bats out, staying in your inner circle and believing in each other. If you do that you have a good chance to get it done." Clearly McClendons team paid attention and now Seattle is just a half-game behind in the AL wild-card chase after beating Oakland 4-2 on Friday night. Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison all homered as Seattle took another chunk out of Oaklands wild-card lead that was double digits in early August. Seattle and Kansas City are tied behind the As, who have dropped 12 of their last 15. Cano hit his 13th homer in the first inning and Morrison added his eighth in the fifth inning, both off Jason Hammel (10-11). Morales hit a line drive out to right-centre field off Eric OFlaherty in the sixth. "We played a good game today, but we have to be ready for tomorrow," Cano said. Seattle starter James Paxton (6-2) pitched six innings despite control trouble. Paxton walked three batters in the third inning alone, but struck out eight and three times left runners stranded in scoring position. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 45th save despite giving up a pair of singles to open the inning. Rodney tied Kazuhiro Sasakis franchise record for saves in a season. Rodney didnt know about the record until being told postgame. "Its a lot of saves, 45, but 16 games left want to continue it rolling, pitch good and make good pitches," Rodney said. "Its a good series we have in here right now with Oakland and we see what happens tomorrow." Canos homer skimmed the top of the left-field wall and gave Seattle a 1-0 lead. Morrisons drive curled inside the right-field foul pole, breaking a 2-2 tie. Morrisons homer came at the same time firewoorks erupted across the street at CenturyLink Field when the Seattle Sounders scored in their MLS match with Real Salt Lake. Nike Roshe Run Mesh. Seattle also got a bloop RBI double from Mike Zunino that Oakland left fielder Jonny Gomes appeared to lose in the lights. PITCHER AT THE PLATE Hammel was lifted after the fifth despite throwing just 78 pitches, partly because of issues with Oaklands batting order. The As lost their designated hitter in the bottom of the third inning when Geovany Soto left with back spasms. Derek Norris took over behind the plate but the As lost their DH in the move. Hammel batted in the top of the fourth and reached on a fielders choice after an errant throw allowed Nate Freiman to reach second. Freiman later scored on Sam Fulds bunt to pull Oakland even at 2-2. "Kind of unlucky the way it went tonight," Hammel said. "Both pitches that left he yard I would throw them again." SERIES CLINCHER Seattle clinched the season series against Oakland with its 10th win over the As. The Mariners have won consecutive season series over the As for the first time since taking three straight from 2001-03. TRAINERS ROOM Athletics: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after being out with a strained right intercostal muscle. Manager Bob Melvin said Doolittles return should settle the As bullpen. Mariners: OF Dustin Ackley was back in the lineup after missing four games with soreness in his foot and ankle. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Ackley should be able to make it through the final 17 games. UP NEXT Athletics: Sonny Gray (13- is 1-4 with a 5.32 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 6. He does love pitching in Seattle with a 3-0 record and 0.46 ERA in three starts at Safeco Field. Mariners: Felix Hernandez (14-5) makes what could be his final home start of the regular season. 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