NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Boston|
(Wednesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Boston 98, Detroit 93
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jeff Green poured in a game-high 34 points and
notched a critical 3-pointer as the Boston Celtics held on to secure a
playoff spot with a 98-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night
at TD Garden.
Green hit 13-of-19 shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range
for the Celtics who ended a two-game skid and, thanks to an 88-83 loss by
Philadelphia, are guaranteed to be in the postseason for the sixth-straight
Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass each contributed 17 points for Boston with the
latter registering a team-high seven rebounds as well. Avery Bradley and
Jason Terry each got into the mix as well with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Detroit was paced by Greg Monroe who dropped in 24 points while ripping down
17 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass. Rodney Stuckey added
22 points and Jonas Jerebko tallied 19 as well for the Pistons who have
lost four of their last five games.
By pounding the offensive glass, Detroit had a 30-25 lead at the end of the
first quarter. The Pistons grabbed eight offensive rebounds, and Monroe netted
eight points in the period while Boston fell behind despite shooting 57.9
percent from the floor.
Green got things going for the Celtics to start the second period with a
jumper that kicked off a 19-5 run by the Celtics to open the frame. The
Pistons went cold from the floor in the quarter and had just five field goals
for 14 points as Boston claimed a 54-44 lead at the break.
A Pierce 3-pointer and a Bradley jumper early in the second half had Boston
out to a 59-46 advantage. Detroit would cut the lead back to single digits
with buckets from Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler.
"We showed some resilience," Jerebko said. "We kept working and kept playing
Boston responded with a 15-6 run capped by a layup from Chris Wilcox off an
assist from Bradley that gave the Celtics their largest lead of the game,
Detroit hung around though and ripped off an 11-0 run to close out the period
and go into the fourth trailing just 74-67.
After the Pistons got a reverse layup from Jerebko at the 8:11 mark in the
fourth they made it a one-possession game, 81-78. Pierce responded with a
turnaround jump shot but Stuckey got two free throws on the other end.
Boston then went on a 6-0 spurt highlighted by a spectacular play from Green
who ran the length of the floor after a rebound to put back a miss from Terry.
The Pistons would fight back yet again though and whittled their deficit down
to 93-91 with a Stuckey free throw with 1:43 remaining. Both teams missed
shots on their next possession before Green rattled in a 3-pointer with
45.3 seconds remaining.
Charlie Villanueva missed a 3-point attempt at the other end and the Pistons
were then forced to foul, sending Terry to the line with 9.9 seconds
remaining. Terry calmly sank both free throws to seal the victory.
"We made things a little more difficult than they were supposed to be," Pierce
Pierce came back after missing Monday's contest due to personal reasons
... Kevin Garnett was out for the seven-straight game for the Celtics
with an ankle injury ... Detroit outscored Boston 58-28 in the paint and had
26 second chance points on 25 offensive rebounds...Villanueva had just four
points on 2-of-17 shooting.
04/04 00:34:20 ET