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Sunday, January 2nd (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (13-16) at Detroit Pistons (15-13), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The defending champion Detroit Pistons try to get back on the winning track this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game homestand against the Boston Celtics at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

On Thursday, the Pistons lost to the red-hot Miami Heat, 89-78. Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Rasheed Wallace netted 13 with 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who had their three-game winning streak halted.

Ben Wallace also scored 13 points while grabbing nine boards and Antonio McDyess contributed 12 points in the setback.

Hamilton has scored in double-digits in 13 straight games and is averaging 20.8 points and 3.5 assists in that span.

Detroit, which will head to Chicago for a tilt with the Bulls on Monday, has won five of nine at home and is 8-5 in the Motor City this season.

Boston, meanwhile, comes into tonight's tilt on a winning note after Paul Pierce scored 26 points and hit the go- ahead free throw in the final minute to lift the Celtics past the Washington Wizards, 108-103, at FleetCenter.

Gary Payton collected 18 points and six rebounds for Boston, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ricky Davis netted 15 points, while Raef LaFrentz chipped in 12 points and six boards in the loss.

The Celtics, who will begin a three-game homestand after tonight's contest, have dropped four in a row on the road and are 5-11 away from home this season.

Detroit took all three meetings from Boston last season and could have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won seven of 11 and 12 of the last 17 meetings. Boston has also struggled in Motown, where they have dropped four of five and eight of its last 10.

01/02 10:10:33 ET

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