Pistons 103, Celtics 88By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, Jan 20, 2013 10:20 PM EST
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Rookie center Andre Drummond had 16 points to lead a balanced attack as the Detroit Pistons never trailed in a 103-88 victory over the Boston Celtics at The Palace on Sunday. Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Will Bynum scored 15 apiece for the Pistons, who had six players in double figures. The Celtics (20-20) lost their third straight while the Pistons (15-25) ended a two-game slide. Detroit also clinched the three-game season series, as it defeated the Celtics 103-83 in the first meeting on Nov. 18. Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee scored 16 apiece for Boston. Rajon Rondo, who scored a season-high 30 points against Chicago on Friday, was limited to eight points and Paul Pierce had just 10. Sloppy play was the norm, as the teams combined for 39 turnovers. A 15-4 Pistons run gave them a 70-58 lead midway through the third quarter. The Celtics scored the next eight points but the Pistons nudged the advantage back to 10, 81-71, by the end of the quarter. Detroit opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 spurt, including a Drummond alley-oop dunk, for an 89-73 lead. Boston never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way even though the Pistons went through a 4:27 scoreless drought. Detroit led by 18 early in the second quarter, but the Celtics turned up the defensive pressure to pull within 52-48 by halftime. Boston forced seven turnovers in the quarter and scored 12 points off them. The Celtics got a big boost from their bench, as Jeff Green and Lee each scored 12 first-half points. Knight, who scored just one point in the Pistons' loss to New York in London on Thursday, had 12 points to lead his club in the early going. NOTES: Garnett appeared in his 1,295th career game. He will tie Mark Jackson for 13th place on the NBA games played list with his next appearance. .... Monroe averaged 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in his last four games against Boston. ... The Pistons won the season series a year ago, 2-1. The teams will play once more in Boston on April 3 ... Drummond has the third-most blocks by a rookie in franchise history. He entered the game with 64. John Salley (1986-87) holds the record with 125. ... The Celtics have employed 11 different lineups this season, while the Pistons have used just two. .... Detroit was 0-20 when trailing after three quarters before Sunday. ... Boston rookie Jared Sullinger had at least 11 rebounds in three of the previous five games. "For a team that struggles to rebound, he's their best offensive rebounder," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "You look at how he does it, he gets right into guys, he wedges guys, he'll even go out of bounds and get back in."
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