NBA Game Summary - Boston at Detroit
(Friday, January 30th)
Final Score: Boston 86, Detroit 78
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett had 22 points and eight rebounds, as the Boston Celtics edged the Detroit Pistons, 86-78, to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
Paul Pierce added 20 points for Boston, which has won five consecutive road games. Rajon Rondo finished with 12 assists to go with eight points and four boards in the Celtics' win.
"It was a good win," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "Hard fought, almost playoff atmosphere tonight. A lot of banging and shoving. We just hung in there...I was really happy with this game, cause we didn't play great; I don't know if they did, either."
Allen Iverson scored 19 points for Detroit, moving up the all-time NBA scoring leaders list. He had 23,749 career points coming into Friday's contest, but needed only nine to move past Charles Barkley (23,757) into 16th place.
Rodney Stuckey also had 19 points, while Antonio McDyess grabbed 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost three of four.
"We played good in spurts," Iverson said. "But for a team that good and that experienced, a team that won a championship, that's just not good enough. You have to play good the whole game."
The Celtics never trailed in the game, though the Pistons cut their deficit to a single possession several times in the fourth quarter, and were within 71-67 on a Richard Hamilton basket with under six minutes to play.
But Glen Davis had an answer for Boston, fighting through traffic in the lane for a layup. After Rasheed Wallace missed a jumper on the other end, Eddie House drained a three to increase the Celtics' lead to nine. Detroit had a shot clock violation on its next possession, and a Garnett jumper put Boston ahead 78-67 with four minutes left.
Detroit never recovered, and Pierce and Garnett each made a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Boston got off to a hot start, going ahead 12-4 on a Garnett jumper about five minutes into the game. The Celtics briefly got their lead into double digits, but a Hamilton basket in the waning seconds cut Boston's lead to 23-16 going into the second quarter.
The Pistons stayed close, and Iverson's jumper just before halftime got Detroit within 43-41 at the break.
But the Celtics scored eight of the first nine points of the second half, taking a 51-42 advantage on a Kendrick Perkins tip-in. Pierce's layup just before the third quarter ended gave Boston a 62-56 lead going to the fourth.
Perkins was issued a flagrant foul-two with 5:56 left in the fourth quarter after he got Pistons forward Jason Maxiell in a headlock under the basket and yanked him to the floor. Perkins was ejected, while Maxiell got a technical foul for shoving Perkins...Boston improved to 3-0 this season against Detroit...Hamilton finished with 14 points off the bench...Ray Allen had 14 points and six rebounds for Boston.
01/31 01:15:39 ET