Boston 81, Detroit 96

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, February 19, 2012 6:00 PM
Location - The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Officials - #70 Brent Barnaky, #49 Tom Washington, #65 Sean Wright
Attendance - 22076

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 26 16 19 20 81
Detroit 26 29 20 21 96

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 15-15 11-8 4-7 L3
Detroit 11-22 8-10 3-12 W3

Recap

PISTONS 96, CELTICS 81: Greg Monroe led five players in double figures with 17 points and added 10 rebounds as Detroit picked up its third straight win by beating Boston for the second time in less than a week.

The Pistons forced 22 turnovers and held a 46-15 advantage in free throw attempts to keep the Celtics from setting the pace.

Detroit took control at the beginning of the second quarter, starting the frame with a 21-8 burst to turn a tie game into a 47-34 edge. The Pistons would attempt 29 free throws in the first half, hitting 17, and cruise into the break with a 55-42 lead.

The Celtics cut it to 59-54 early in the third quarter but went the next 5:59 without a point as Detroit stretched it back out. The Pistons were not threatened again.

Rajon Rondo, who scored a career-high 35 points in the loss to the Pistons on Wednesday, was held to five points on 1-of-6 shooting on Sunday. Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 18 points.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Boston F Kevin Garnett sat out due to personal reasons. … The Celtics have dropped three straight and five of six. … Rodney Stuckey went 12 for 15 from the free throw line to make up for a 2 for 10 effort from the field.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Detroit
Paul Pierce 18 Scoring Greg Monroe 17
Rajon Rondo 10 Assists Ben Gordon 3
Jermaine O'Neal 11 Rebounds Jason Maxiell 10
Paul Pierce 4 Free Throws Made Rodney Stuckey 12
Paul Pierce 2 Steals Rodney Stuckey 4
Jermaine O'Neal 5 Blocks Ben Gordon 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 81 44.4 6-16 11-15 22 40 11 6 24
Detroit 96 37.8 5-9 29-46 14 43 4 13 15

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Pistons have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .227 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Dallas . The Celtics have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .357 after a loss.
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