Boston (26-18) at Detroit (28-15)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Auburn Hills, MI
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Tue Jan 28, 2003
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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.

Richard Hamilton scored 17 points and reserve Corliss Williamson added 15 for Detroit, which was held to 40 percent (31-of-77) shooting, including 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

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.

Boston already is without Antoine Walker, who is out until Friday with a knee injury, and guard Tony Delk missed the game with a sprained left ankle. Delk turns 29 on Tuesday.

The Celtics have won their last two road games and are 10-10 away from the FleetCenter this season.

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