Andre Drummond dominates as Pistons down Celtics
Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Rookie Andre Drummond tallied 16 points off the bench and five other teammates submitted double-digit outputs as the Detroit Pistons blew an 18-point lead but recovered to beat the Boston Celtics, 103-88, Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Drummond also had seven rebounds while Will Bynum, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight added 15 points each as the Pistons (15-25) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Tayshaun Prince added 14 and Kyle Singler had 13 points, eight boards and five assists while Monroe grabbed 11 boards and issued five assists for his fifth straight double-double for Detroit.
Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee scored 16 points each, Jeff Green had 15 and Paul Pierce was limited to 10 for the Celtics, who lost their third straight game and slipped to 20-20.
Rajon Rondo had eight points, 15 assists, nine rebounds and nine turnovers as Boston suffered its 12th road loss in 19 games.
“The start of game was awful, we are playing awful. I’m clearly not doing my job with this team. And I’m serious. I’m not trying to take a bullet for the team. And I told them that,” Rivers said after the game.
The three-game losing streak came after the Celtics won six straight games to climb three games above .500.
Drummond scored four points, Bynum made a layup and Charlie Villanueva buried a triple as the Pistons sparked a 9-0 run to take a 36-18 lead.
However, Lee buried back-to-back triples while Garnett and Pierce had a basket each in a 10-0 blast to trim the gap to eight, with 8:07 remaining in the first half.
Singler scored on a dunk to put the Pistons ahead, 45-38, but the Celtics countered with a 10-3 run to tie the game at 48.
Then, Knight made back-to-back baskets in the last 24 seconds to give the Pistons a four-point cushion at the break.