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Instead of destroying yet another opponent, the Pistons gave the Celtics a close game throughout. Close, but not nearly close enough. Would you believe that the Pistons never led in the game?
The Celtics survived a rough game from Ray Allen, an ejection of Kendrick Perkins, and relatively little production from the bench to win their 10th straight game, 86-78.
Allen finished with just 14 points on just 4-14 shooting, and Perk was ejected in the fourth quarter after a hard flagrant foul on Detroit’s Jason Maxiell. To top it off, the red hot Eddie House finsihed 1-3 from the field while the bench combined for just 13 points. So what went right for the C’s?
Paul Pierce finished with 20 points, four rebounds, and five assists, while teammate Kevin Garnett added a game-high 22 points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.
The team’s defense was dominant again, as the Pistons shot just 40.5% from the field and just 1-8 from 3-point land. Allen Iverson and Rodney Stuckey each finished with 19 points to lead Detroit, but the Pistons had just two other players with at least 12 points as the Celtics continue to play lockdown defense.
Next up for the Celtics is a date with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at noon.