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In a game of runs Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, it was Boston’s third-quarter spurt that decided the result of the game.

Reggie Jackson made a jumper for Detroit with 4:03 left in the third period that made this game look like as if it might go down to the wire. That bucket brought the Pistons to within two at 72-70 after they had trailed by as many as 17 points just minutes before.

It didn’t take long for the Celtics to swing the momentum back in their favor.

Boston responded to Detroit’s run with a major run of its own. It scored 19 points over the final 3:52 of the quarter, all while limiting the Pistons to just four points. The C’s led 91-74 heading into the final quarter and their lead was never truly threatened the rest of the way.

Isaiah Thomas was Boston’s best player during the run. He scored nine of those 19 points while making two of his four shot attempts and four of his five free throw attempts in the final 3:52 of the quarter. Jae Crowder (five points), Marcus Smart (three points) and Tyler Zeller accounted for the other 10 points during the run.

Key Player

Isaiah Thomas was pretty good Wednesday night. And by pretty good, we mean unstoppable.

Thomas matched Boston’s season high in the scoring column by notching 34 points. The point total was impressive, but what stood out even more was how Thomas arrived at that number.

The point guard was efficient enough to make a new Ford Focus jealous. Thomas scored his 34 points while attempting only 17 shots on the night. He made 10 of those shots, including four of his eight 3-pointers. Boston made 33 free throws in the contest thanks in large part to Thomas’ 10-of-11 performance from the stripe. He also contributed six assists and three rebounds.

The Celtics blew the Pistons out of the building while Thomas was on the court. They outscored their hosts by 35 points during Thomas’ nearly 30 minutes of action.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Boston shot 33-of-34 from the free-throw line, while Detroit shot just 6-of-10.
  • The Pistons outscored the Celtics 58-36 in the paint.
  • Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 34 points while attempting only 17 shots.
  • Boston committed only 11 turnovers.
  • Detroit's frontline of Andre Drummond (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Greg Monroe (19 points, 10 rebounds) combined for 41 points and 24 boards.
  • Reggie Jackson tallied a monster double-double with 21 points and a game-high 15 assists.
  • Boston led by as many as 19 points.
  • Jonas Jerebko and Monroe tied for the game high in blocks with two apiece.
  • The Celtics bench combined to score 73 points.
  • Four Celtics grabbed two steals.
  • Boston scored 26 points off of Detroit's 19 turnovers.
  • The Pistons shot 53.6 percent from the field, 8.6 percent better than the C's.
  • Jae Crowder scored 17 points and Brandon Bass added 16.
  • Tyler Zeller led Boston with seven rebounds.

Quote of the Night

When I got to the teeth of the defense, like 4-5 times it was like nobody was there.

Isaiah Thomas on how he was able to score around the basket

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