NBA Game Summary - Boston at Detroit
(Sunday, November 18th)
Final Score: Detroit 103, Boston 83
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Greg Monroe paced six double-digit scorers
with 20 points while also adding 13 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons downed the
Boston Celtics, 103-83, on Sunday.
Jason Maxiell had 15 points, Kyle Singler and Rodney Stuckey each dropped in
14, Corey Maggette netted 11 and Tayshaun Prince contributed 10 for the
Pistons, who have won two of their last three after dropping their first seven
games of the season.
"We just played with a lot of intensity tonight," said Monroe. "Everybody
played hard and gave maximum effort while they were on the floor for the whole
Jared Sullinger scored 16 points off the bench to lead the Celtics, while
Rajon Rondo finished with 12 points and 10 assists in Boston's second loss in
"We just didn't have it," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
Boston opened the game with a 7-2 run to jump out to an early lead, but the
Pistons were able to keep the Celtics within striking distance and after a
Chris Wilcox dunk gave Boston a 24-17 lead with less than two minutes
remaining in the first quarter, Detroit closed out the frame with a 6-2 push
to get within 25-23 entering the second quarter.
Detroit then opened the second with back-to-back layups by Stuckey and Andre
Drummond to take its first lead.
It remained a one-possession game from there as the teams traded baskets until
the Pistons followed a Jonas Jerebko layup, which tied the game at 36-36, with
a 12-4 run to go on top, 48-40, with less than a minute left in the half.
Rondo connected on a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to make it a 48-43 game
at the break.
The Pistons then pulled away in the third quarter, following Jason Terry's
opening jumper with six straight points to stretch their lead up to 54-45.
A 12-2 run later in the third pushed Detroit's advantage up to 18 points at
71-53 before taking a 71-57 lead into the fourth quarter.
Boston never threatened in the final stanza, trailing by at least 12 points
and by as much as 22 over the final 12 minutes.
Rondo has now recorded double-digit assists in 34 straight games ... Detroit
improved to 1-3 at home this season ... Kevin Garnett had 15 points and Paul
Pierce poured in 13 in the loss ... The Pistons scored 23 points off 18 Boston
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