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Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics: Live Score and Analysis

USA Today
Sean HojnackiFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2013

The Detroit Pistons motored into Beantown on Wednesday to play the leaders of the Atlantic Division, none other than the Boston Celtics. After a seesaw fourth quarter, the Pistons found just enough defense to prevail 107-106.

Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 28 points and hit 5-of-8 from three-point range. He also dished 14 assists as Detroit's offense came alive in the second half. Andre Drummond pulled down eight offensive rebounds and eight defensive rebounds to go with 14 points.

Jared Sullinger had 19 points and eight rebounds for Boston, and six other Celtics tallied at least 10. They shot 49 percent from the field but couldn't find the offense to prevail.

The C's opened up an early 21-point lead with some hot shooting and a massive 42-point first quarter, but the Pistons kept fighting and closed the gap to 63-52 at halftime. That momentum stayed with Detroit and the Celtics' shooting cooled off in the third quarter.

The Pistons led by seven points with 3:32 to play, and they barely held on a Jeff Green couldn't get a hook-shot runner to go at the buzzer. 

Detroit moves to 13-14 while Boston falls to 12-15. 

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