Boston Celtics 118, Detroit Pistons 111
The Boston Celtics hosted the Detroit Pistons tonight after recording a win Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Neither the Celtics nor the Pistons have had particularly good luck as of late; the Celtics were 3-7 in their last ten games while the Pistons were 2-8 with a two-game losing streak entering tonight's game.
Neither team got off to a good shooting start tonight; the Pistons missed four of their first five shots while the Celtics missed all of their first five shots.
Four minutes into the first quarter, the Celtics and the Pistons went shot-for-shot with the Pistons taking a three-point lead (17-14).
The remainder of the first quarter was about runs. Boston went on a 6-0 run against Detroit, putting Boston up by three (20-17). Detroit answered with a 5-0 run of their own, which put them up by two (22-20). Boston then responded with another 6-0 run, giving the Celtics a four-point lead (26-22) heading into the second quarter.
Boston started the second quarter significantly better than the first, making four of their first five shots while the Pistons missed three of their first five shots.
With a 7-0 run four minutes into the quarter, the Celtics extended their lead over the Pistons to 13 points (43-30). Like in the first quarter, the Celtics and Pistons exchanged shots for the remainder of the first half. The Celtics outscored the Pistons 31-27 in the second quarter and entered halftime with an eight-point lead (57-49).
The Celtics entered the third quarter even better than they did in the second, making eight of their first ten shots while the Pistons made six of their first ten.
Boston lit up from beyond the arc in the third quarter, eight of the Celtics' 15 third quarter field goals were from behind the three-point line.
The Celtics' three pointers allowed them to outscore the Pistons 38-35 in the third quarter and an 11-point lead (95-84) heading into the final quarter.
The pace certainly slowed down for the Celtics to begin the fourth quarter. After two quick turnovers in the first minute of the quarter, the Celtics missed four of their first five shots.
Detroit failed to fully take advantage of Boston's shooting woes, and while the Pistons cut the Celtics' lead to six points (97-91), they were unable to overtake the Celtics. Boston only built on their lead past that point, going on an 8-0 run against Detroit, putting the Celtics up by 14 (105-91).
Though the Pistons attempted to chip away at the Celtics' lead, the Celtics spectacular play in the second and third quarters proved too much for the Pistons to overcome.
The Celtics recorded their second consecutive win tonight with a final score of 118-111.
Jeff Green and Chris Humphries lead Boston tonight, Green with 27 and Humphries posting 20 points, with Rajon Rondo recording a double-double with 15 points and 18 assists while Josh Smith and Greg Monroe were the point leaders for Detroit, Smith with 28 points and Monroe with 22 points.
The Celtics have one day off before visiting the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night.