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With Allen Iverson in the starting lineup, the Pistons lost eight straight games. Without A.I. for the last two games due to back stiffness, the Pistons have taken down two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference on the road. Friday night, Detroit beat the Magic in Orlando 93-85, and Sunday afternoon, the Pistons defeated the defending NBA Champions 105-95.
Now back where he belongs in the starting lineup, Richard Hamilton led the way for Detroit with 25 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Price each added 15 points as the Pistons managed to answer every Celtics rally with one of their own.
The Celtics opened the second half on a 12-0 run after trailing by eight. The Pistons answered, pushing their lead back to 77-68 before the Celtics made a 17-4 run thanks to a few big shots from Eddie House. The Pistons answered back in the fourth quarter and took an insurmountable 103-94 lead with less than a minute to go thanks to threes from Hamilton and Prince.
Paul Pierce scored a game-high 26 points for the Green, but it was not enough to offset an ice-cold Ray Allen (2-10 shooting, 10 points). Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis had another nice game starting in place of Kevin Garnett, finishing with 18 points in the losing effort.
Rodney Stuckey and Antonio McDyess each added 10 points for Detroit, who earned their first regular season win over Boston in six tries.
The Celtics are off Monday and Tuesday, and next play Wednesday night against the Nets.
Notes: Stephon Marbury was scoreless on three shot attempts with four fouls in 13 minutes in his second game with the Celtics.