AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN (TICKER) —The Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics meet for the first time since the second round of the 2002 playoffs on Tuesday in the opener of a home-and-home series at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons and Celtics have not faced each other since the postseason, when Boston advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1 series victory.
The teams split the 2001-02 season series, with each winning twice at home. Detroit has won six of its last seven home meetings with Boston.
The Pistons have dropped five of nine games following a four-game winning streak and stumbled to a 108-76 loss at San Antonio on Saturday.
All-Star center Ben Wallace, who averages a league-leading 14.8 rebounds per game, was held to a season-low five rebounds - the first time in 41 games he has played this season and failed to lead the Pistons.
Detroit limits opponents to a league-best 86 points per game but surrendered 87 points in just the first three quarters.
The Pistons have won two of their last three home games and are 15-5 at the Palace of Auburn Hills this season.
Boston has won six of its last seven games and posted a 91-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
Paul Pierce collected 27 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists for his first career triple-double as the Celtics completed a 2-1 homestand.
The Celtics have won their last two road games and are 10-10 away from the FleetCenter this season.