12/15 22:32 CST Pistons end Boston's 8-game run, beat Celtics 113-104
Pistons end Boston's 8-game run, beat Celtics 113-104
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) --- Jayson Tatum leaped toward the basket and Andre Drummond met
him there, blocking the Boston forward's attempt at a one-handed dunk.
It was a fitting conclusion to an impressive second half of defense by the
"I was thinking to myself as I was running. I'm like, if he gets this dunk,
it's going to ignite their entire team," Drummond said. "I have to do
There would be no late surge by the Celtics in the final minutes. Blake Griffin
scored 27 points and Drummond added 19 points and 20 rebounds to help the
Pistons win 113-104 on Saturday night, snapping the Celtics' eight-game winning
streak. Detroit also ended its own six-game skid with a solid 48-minute effort.
The Pistons took control with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and played well
at the start of the fourth as well.
"They looked great. They were screening us, they were active, they were alert,
they played great," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We couldn't match them
shot for shot because the way we were guarding, that's what we had to do, and
we just couldn't do it. So hats off to them. It's not our best game. That's it."
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 26 points. The Celtics were down nine when
Drummond blocked Tatum with 1:25 remaining.
Both teams shot over 60 percent from the field in the first quarter, and the
game was still tight at halftime, with Detroit up 57-56. Drummond punctuated
his team's 13-point run in the third with a dunk that put the Pistons ahead
Boston closed the quarter strong and trailed by just seven after three, but a
10-1 run to start the fourth put Detroit up 95-79.
The Celtics missed their first seven shots from the floor in the final quarter
and went over seven minutes before making a field goal.
The Pistons had 20 turnovers, including eight in the fourth quarter.
"The simple plays, just making the simple pass is the key," Detroit coach Dwane
Casey said. "The game gives you simple plays and for whatever reason we kind of
Celtics: Marcus Smart was called for three fouls in the first 7:37. He did play
a bit more before halftime and finished the game with 21 points and five fouls.
... The Celtics were without Jabari Bird (personal reasons), Al Horford (left
knee) and Guerschon Yabusele (right ankle).
Pistons: Detroit was without Henry Ellenson (left ankle), Zaza Pachulia
(illness), Glenn Robinson III (left ankle) and Ish Smith (right adductor). ...
Reggie Bullock was back in the starting lineup after missing five games with a
left ankle sprain. He scored 15 points.
One streak that did stay intact was Griffin's run of 20-point games. He has at
least 20 points in nine straight, the first Detroit player to do that since
Richard Hamilton in 2008-09.
Griffin also surpassed the 12,000-point mark for his career.
"It's good to get a win. We'll take it how we can get it," Griffin said. "Guys
stepped up and guys played really, really well tonight. I thought we earned
None of the teams the Celtics beat during their winning streak currently has a
winning record. Detroit improved to 14-13 by snapping the streak.
"We played a team that came here to play tonight," Smart said. "They hit a lot
of shots and they came out with more energy than we did. They hit us in the
face and we wasn't ready."
Celtics: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night.
Pistons: Host Milwaukee on Monday night.
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