Sunday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons was yet another example that this Celtics team will never quit. Trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, Boston battled all the way back to take a two-point lead in the fourth quarter.
That was the Celtics’ proof that they won’t give up. What came next was proof that the Pistons won’t, either.
Directly following Boston’s 13-0 run that gave it a two-point lead, Detroit responded with a 10-0 run of its own. That spurt put the Pistons on top 73-65 with 7:16 remaining in the game and they never relinquished the lead from that point on.
Brandon Jennings, who was making his season debut, got Detroit started with a driving layup at the 9:37 mark of the fourth quarter. Kyle Singler then quickly followed up with an and-one layup to put the Pistons on top 68-65.
Neither team scored for nearly a minute before Jennings hit a technical free throw after a clear-path foul was called, and then Rodney Stuckey hit a technical free throw after Jordan Crawford was whistled for a tech. Jennings closed out the run with a 3-pointer to put Detroit on top by eight points.
The Celtics, per usual, made another run over the final seven minutes but they were unable to get over the hump. They crawled back to within two before the Pistons rattled off the final eight points of the game.
Key Box Score Line
It took only three games for Kelly Olynyk to plant himself in as Boston’s leading scorer role for a night. Olynyk had his best game as a professional Sunday night in Detroit, as he tied for the game high in scoring with 15 points and also tied for the team high in rebounds with eight.
Olynyk struggled in only one category against the Pistons. He picked up five fouls, forcing him to play a bit tentative down the stretch, but he excelled in all other areas. The 7-footer shot 6-of-11 from the field and made all three of his free throws en route to his 15 points. He also chipped in two steals during his 26 minutes of action.
Box Score Nuggets
- Four players (Kelly Olynyk, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond) tied for the game high in scoring with 15 points apiece.
- Three of those four players were Pistons.
- The Celtics shot just 41.9 percent from the field.
- Boston was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line.
- Three Celtics (Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley and Olynyk) tied for the team high in rebounds with eight apiece.
- Drummond grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
- Boston assisted on only 15 of its 31 made field goals.
- Smith and Drummond each blocked two shots.
- Detroit scored 54 points in the paint to Boston's 38.
- The Celtics committed 23 turnovers.
- Gerald Wallace grabbed a game-high four steals.
- None of Boston's players dished out more than three assists.
Quote of the Night
They gave us a chance to win, and then they turned it over because we were moving too fast. Brad Stevens on the groups of players he left on the court in the fourth quarterMore quotes >>