Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night
Evan Turner had a chance to give the Celtics a win at the end of regulation Sunday night at the Garden. He failed to do so, and that play stood as the last glimmer of hope Boston held against Detroit.
With the score knotted up at 88-88 with 17.3 seconds left, the Celtics had an opportunity to take the final shot of the game. They called for a timeout to draw up their attempt at a game-winning play.
Brad Stevens made the decision to go with Turner, who has hit multiple game-winning shots for Boston this season. He set Turner up for an isolation play for the win.
Turner wound up with Reggie Jackson defending him. He made a move down the right side of the lane and attempted to fire up a step-back jumper along the baseline. However, as he began his shooting motion, the ball slipped out of his hands and time expired before a true shot was released.
With that play in the books, the game headed into overtime knotted up at 88-88. Detroit soon took control with a game-changing spurt to open the extra session.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope began a 7-0 Pistons run with a driving layup just 18 seconds into overtime. Jackson soon found Jodie Meeks for a 3-pointer along the left sideline and Drummond capped the spurt with a putback layup at the 4:11 mark.
Boston certainly had plenty of time to stage a comeback during overtime, but as Jae Crowder said after the game, “It’s pretty tough to crawl out of that hole.” Crowder’s assessment was spot on, as the C’s never sliced the lead to fewer than five points over the remainder of the contest. Detroit held on for a 102-95 win.
Everyone will harp on Evan Turner for the fact that he failed to get a shot off at the end of regulation Sunday night. They should also give credit where credit is due, because without Turner, the Celtics likely wouldn’t have had a shot at downing Detroit.
Turner was unquestionably Boston’s best player against the Pistons. He led the team in both scoring and assisting and lightly flirted with a triple-double. He scored 23 points on the night while also tallying eight assists and six rebounds. Turner also led the game in steals with three and committed only two turnovers despite acting as Boston’s primary ball handler.
Turner shot the ball with volume but also with efficiency. He attempted a game-high 21 shots and made 10 of those attempts, good for 47.6 percent. He also canned two 3-pointers on the night, tying Avery Bradley for the team lead.
Box Score Nuggets
- Both teams shot worse than 44 percent from the field.
- Andre Drummond threatened to notch a 20-20 game, finishing with 18 points and 22 rebounds.
- Detroit made one more free throw (18) than Boston attempted (17).
- Evan Turner led the Celtics with 23 points and eight assists, all while also grabbing six rebounds and three steals.
- Gerald Wallace grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.
- Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller and Avery Bradley each shot 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a game-high 27 points.
- The Celtics committed only 13 turnovers and limited the Pistons to only six points off of those turnovers.
- Detroit scored two more points during the five-minute overtime session (17) than it did during the entire second quarter (15).
- Reggie Jackson dished out a game-high 11 assists.
- Drummond blocked a game-high four shots.
- Boston scored only four fast break points.
- The contest featured 14 lead changes and 13 ties, and each team led by double-figures at least once.
- Olynyk and Brandon Bass each blocked two shots.
- Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko tied for the team high in rebounds with nine apiece.
- Boston grabbed 59 rebounds and Detroit grabbed 56, but only one player in the game notched a double-digit number in the category.
- Jae Crowder, starting in place of the suspended Marcus Smart, scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds while playing 44 minutes and 35 seconds.
Quote of the Night
Need a sense of urgency from everybody (to right this ship). I feel we came out lackadaisical without a lot of fire, but we gotta get it going, set the tone earlier.
Jae Crowder on what the Celtics need to do to end their three-game losing streak.