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Wednesday, April 18th (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (52-29) at Boston Celtics (24-57), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons close out the regular season tonight with a road trip to Boston, as they meet the Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Central Division-champion Pistons are the top team in the East and put the brakes on a two-game losing streak with Tuesday's 100-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Ronald Murray scored 16 points, while Carlos Delfino and Richard Hamilton scored 12 points apiece for the Pistons, who finished the regular season with a 26-15 home record. Jason Maxiell and Antonio McDyess scored 10 points each in the winning effort.

Detroit, which is 26-14 away from the Motor City this season, already captured homecourt advantage in the East playoffs and its third straight division title -- the fifth in six years and eighth since the 1987-88 campaign.

Detroit is also in the postseason for the sixth straight year and owns a 53-40 record in the playoffs since the 2001-02 season.

Boston, meanwhile, will miss the playoffs for a second straight year and wraps up its 2006-07 season tonight. The Celtics ended a seven-game losing streak with Monday's 91-89 victory over the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena, as Al Jefferson buried a turnaround hook shot with 0.1 seconds left on the clock.

Jefferson registered 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Delonte West finished with a game-high 28 points for the Celtics, who ended the season with a 12-29 road mark.

The Celtics will now return home where they own a 12-28 record in 2006-07.

Wednesday's game between Boston and Detroit is the fourth and final meeting of the season. The Pistons are 3-0 so far in the series and have won seven straight and 12 of the last 13 meetings.

Detroit has won two straight, five of six and six of its last eight trips to Beantown.

04/18 10:58:38 ET


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