NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Boston
(Friday, January 7th)
Final Score: Detroit 110, Boston 104
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 110-104 victory over the Boston Celtics at the FleetCenter.
Hamilton hit 10 field goals in the game, just one night after becoming the first player in NBA history to lead his team in scoring without making a field goal. Hamilton had 14 points, all from the foul line, in Detroit's loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday.
"Last night, I didn't get a whole lot of easy looks," Hamilton said. "We had more of a rhythm tonight. We shared the ball and got easy baskets."
Chauncey Billups contributed 22 points and five assists for Detroit, which has won five straight against the Celtics.
"I know they're the world champs, so I'm not getting crazy here," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "But all my life I think when you play at home, you should win. I don't care who the team is."
Paul Pierce had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists for Boston, which had a five-game home winning streak end. Gary Payton had 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting as the Celtics lost despite shooting 60 percent from the field.
The Pistons were up nine points with less than 5 1/2 minutes to play in the game, but Boston rallied. The Celtics closed within 97-96 with 3:11 left on Jiri Welsh hoop.
But Hamilton scored five points during a 9-2 run that pushed the Pistons' lead to 106-98 with 1:13 left, and it was garbage time the rest of the way.
The first quarter was a see-saw affair, as neither team led by more than three points and the Pistons took a 30-29 lead into the second quarter.
A Payton field goal with four minutes left in the second quarter gave the Celtics a 49-47 advantage. But Detroit outscored the Celtics 16-4 the rest of the way in the second to take a 63-53 lead into the intermission. Tayshaun Prince had a pair of treys and seven points during the burst.
Boston came out of the gate in the second half on a 12-4 run to pull within 67-65 with 6:50 left in the third quarter. Ricky Davis and Mark Blount each had four in the run.
A Pierce bucket with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third pulled Boston within one, at 70-69. But the Pistons ripped off a 12-3 run, capped by two Lindsey Hunter free throws, to take an 10-point edge in the final minute of the third. Detroit eventually took a 82-73 lead into the fourth quarter.
Detroit shot 51 percent from the field, including 8-of-12 from three-point range...Ben Wallace had 10 rebounds as the Pistons outboarded the Celtics, 39-30. Eight of Wallace's caroms were off the offensive glass...The Pistons had 11 steals, with Prince and Hamilton each collecting three.
01/07 23:26:58 ET