Detroit 98, Boston 88

Date - Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #25 Tony Brothers, #11 Derrick Collins, #69 Ben Taylor
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Detroit 26 21 26 25 98
Boston 28 21 23 16 88

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1
Boston 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1


PISTONS 98, CELTICS 88: Rodney Stuckey led the way with 25 points and Greg Monroe added 22 in a bounceback effort as visiting Detroit ousted undermanned Boston for just its third road victory of the campaign.

Stuckey shot just 7 for 15 from the field but made all 11 of his free throws as Detroit ended a three-game losing streak in Boston.

Rajon Rondo exploded for 35 points for the Celtics, who played without star forward Kevin Garnett for the first time this season. Garnett is recovering from a hip flexor suffered in a weekend victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Detroit hung tough with the Celtics through the opening 24 minutes and maintained that trend throughout the third quarter. After closing to within a point on a handful of occasions, the Pistons finally went ahead 73-72 on a Monroe tip-in with 23 seconds left in the frame.

Ben Gordon's 3-pointer made it a six-point game with 8:44 remaining, and he added another long-range basket less than a minute later as the Pistons stretched the advantage to double digits. Boston didn't challenge the rest of the way.

Gordon finished with 22 points - including four 3-pointers - in a reserve role.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Garnett had been the only Celtics player to appear in every game this season. ... Jermaine O'Neal returned from a knee injury and recorded one point in 20 minutes. ... Ray Allen and Paul Pierce combined to shoot 4 for 16 for the Celtics. ... Monroe had just four points in Tuesday's loss to San Antonio. He shot 11 for 14 against Boston.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   Boston
Rodney Stuckey 25 Scoring Rajon Rondo 35
Rodney Stuckey 4 Assists Rajon Rondo 6
Ben Wallace 11 Rebounds Chris Wilcox 9
Rodney Stuckey 11 Free Throws Made Ray Allen 8
Ben Gordon 1 Steals Rajon Rondo 4
Jason Maxiell 1 Blocks Ray Allen 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Detroit 98 47.3 4-12 24-29 16 44 2 5 13
Boston 88 44.2 1-6 19-32 16 33 7 7 7

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Celtics have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Sacramento. The Pistons have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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