Joe Johnson returns to lineup

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Atlanta guard Joe Johnson was back in the lineup after missing four games because of left knee tendinitis.

Johnson returned for Friday night's 86-85 loss against the Detroit Pistons. He's averaging 17.6 points per game to lead the Hawks.

Atlanta played well in Johnson's absence, beating Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Indiana before losing 89-86 at Miami on Wednesday.

Detroit's Charlie Villanueva was active Friday, but did not play. Villanueva hasn't played since Jan. 4 because of a right ankle problem.