Detroit (29-15) at Boston (26-19)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Fri Jan 31, 2003
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BOSTON (TICKER) —The Boston Celtics hope to have Tony Delk and Antoine Walker on Friday night when they host the Detroit Pistons in the finale of a home-and-home series.

The Celtics had won six of seven gamess before Tuesday’s 86-83 loss at Detroit. Delk, who turned 29 Tuesday, sat out his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Walker, who along with teammate Paul Pierce is a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, has missed the last four games with a sprained right knee.

Pierce had 30 points and 11 rebounds Tony Battie added 16 points for Boston, which shot just under 39 percent (28-of-72) in Tuesday’s loss. Pierce is averaging 33 points in the last four games.

The Celtics are 16-8 at the FleetCenter, where they have won six of the last seven meetings with the Pistons.

Detroit has alternated losses and wins in 10 games following a four-game winning streak that began the month.

The Pistons used a balanced attack in Tuesday win over Boston. Chauncey Billups scored 16 points and leading scorer Richard Hamilton added 14, but made just 5-of-17 shots. Corliss Williamson scored eight of his 12 points in the final 5:20, including the go-ahead free throws with 34 seconds left, and fellow reserve Mehmet Okur added 11 points.

Okur, a 6-11 rookie from Turkey, is averaging 5.0 points and 3.9 rebounds.

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