NBA Game Summary - Boston at Detroit
(Sunday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Detroit 100, Boston 88
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Rasheed Wallace racked up 23 points and 12 rebounds and five other Detroit players scored in double-figures as the Pistons cruised to a 100-88 victory over Boston at the Palace at Auburn Hills.
Tayshaun Prince added 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Pistons, who have won four of their last five games. Richard Hamilton and Antonio McDyess each contributed 13 points in the triumph, while Chauncey Billups recorded 12 points and eight assists.
"That's the way that we're supposed to have been playing," said Wallace. "We just have to start anew now and repeat the same performance tomorrow night."
Tony Allen scored a career-high 18 points off the bench for the Celtics, who have dropped four of five. Jiri Welsch and Paul Pierce netted 14 and 13, respectively, in defeat.
"The only way to beat the Pistons to defend them, and we didn't do that," Boston head coach Doc Rivers remarked. "They got too many easy baskets, and we helped that with bad shots and turnovers."
Wallace poured in 15 points in the first half to help Detroit build a 14-point lead at the intermission.
The Pistons began to assert control in the final minutes of the first quarter, when Billups sparked a 10-2 run with a three-pointer at the 2:55 mark of the stanza. Hamilton netted five points during the spurt, including a technical free throw with 1:28 remaining in the quarter which put Detroit up 26-17.
An Al Jefferson basket followed by Raef LaFrentz's three with three seconds to go in the first cut Boston's deficit to 28-24, but Lindsey Hunter scored with no time left in the opening period to extend the lead to six.
The Celtics then outscored Detroit 9-2 to start the second quarter and went ahead 33-32 on Ricky Davis' basket with just under eight minutes to go in the half. The Pistons responded with seven straight points and grabbed a six-point advantage on Prince's hook shot with 4:35 before the break.
Detroit closed out the first half with a 10-0 spurt and went into the locker room up 53-39 after Ronald Dupree's tip-in right before the buzzer.
The Pistons kept up the onslaught during the opening stages of the second half, as Prince and Wallace each scored five points during a 16-6 flurry to begin the third quarter. Ben Wallace ended the run with a dunk which gave the defending champs a commanding 69-45 lead just over four minutes into the period.
"The end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third really hurt us, said Pierce. "We let the crowd get back into the game, because it feeds off their defense."
Detroit was up 85-61 at the end of three quarters and maintained a margin of over 20 points until a late Boston surge. The Celtics put together a 15-2 run and pulled to within 97-88 when Welsch made one of two foul shots with 3:27 to play. However, Boston failed to manage a single point thereafter.
"I didn't like the way it ended," said Pistons head coach Larry Brown. "Instead of going from 24 with a team pressuring you, you should be extending the lead. But we started settling for shots, which we have a tendency to do. But all in all, we got a win."
Ben Wallace finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocks and became the second player to record 1,000 rejections in a Pistons uniform. Terry Tyler holds the club record with 1,070 blocks from 1978-85...Boston has lost five straight on the road and fell to 5-12 away from home this season...The Celtics have yielded over 100 points in each of their last 11 contests...The Pistons have won the last four meetings between the clubs and Boston is 3-13 in its last 16 visits to the Motor City.
01/02 21:41:51 ET