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Things weren’t looking great for the Celtics as they headed into overtime. It didn’t take long for that to change.

Boston, which led by as many as 12 points early on in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s matchup with the Pistons, squandered its lead in the final minutes and entered its first overtime session of the season. The Celtics quickly proved that their questionable finish to regulation did not break their spirit.

It took only 15 seconds for the Celtics to get on the board during overtime. Their first possession landed in the hands of Jared Sullinger on the left wing and he let it rip from long range. Nothing but net.

Thirty-six seconds later, after forcing a turnover at the other end, Boston received another splash from downtown. This time, three points arrived via the fingers of Jeff Green, who canned a transition trey from the right corner.

Those back-to-back 3s gave the Celtics a six-point lead just 51 seconds into overtime. Suffice it to say, they never looked back.

Boston’s overtime lead grew to as many as nine points as the Celtics left the Pistons in the dust. Clutch free throws from a host of C’s sealed the 109-102 victory, Boston’s first since Nov. 19.

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Back-to-backs are tough. Unless, apparently, your name is Jeff Green.

Green spurred the Celtics to a victory Wednesday night by scoring a game-high 32 points. This came after he dropped a game-high 25 points on the Atlanta Hawks just 24 hours prior.

Boston’s leading scorer tallied his points in very different fashion on Wednesday than he did on Tuesday. Tuesday night was all about scoring in the paint and taking it to the rack. Wednesday night was all about long distance.

Green let it rip 10 times from beyond the arc against Detroit. That number accounted for a third of Boston’s 3-point attempts. The swingman nailed six of those 3s – at least twice as many as any other player in the game.

Wednesday’s performance was yet another efficient one for Green. His 32 points were scored on just 22 shot attempts – a high number, but significantly lower than his point total. And don’t forget, he also contributed five boards, an assist and a blocked shot.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Four players scored at least 20 points in the game, but each team managed only 88 points during regulation.
  • Boston scored 21 points during the five-minute overtime session.
  • Jeff Green scored a game-high 32 points.
  • Boston out-assisted Detroit by a count of 28-20.
  • Boston's 21-point overtime session matched its scoring output from both the first and second quarters.
  • Brandon Jennings led the game in assists with 12 helpers.
  • Andre Drummond (27 points) and Greg Monroe (29 points) combined to scored 56 points for Detroit.
  • Kelly Olynyk tallied 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Boston.
  • Neither team committed more than 13 turnovers.
  • Neither team shot better than 39.8 percent from the field.
  • Detroit outscored Boston 56-30 in the paint.
  • The Celtics shot 8-of-10 from the field on fast break attempts.
  • Tyler Zeller led the Celtics in rebounding with 10 boards.
  • Monroe grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
  • Monroe and Josh Smith both fouled out of the game.
  • Evan Turner logged a nice all around performance with nine points, seven boards and six assists off of the bench.

Quote of the Night

I’m not going to overreact. We’ve only done it once.

Brad Stevens on finally making winning plays down the stretch.

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