Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Jennings scored 28 points, including
the go-ahead 3-pointer, and the Detroit Pistons came back from 21 down to beat
the Boston Celtics 107-106 on Wednesday.
After Jared Sullinger hit a 3-pointer to give Boston a 105-104 lead with 1:01
remaining, Jennings knocked one down at the other end for a two-point Detroit
lead with 46.7 seconds left.
Sullinger missed one of two free throws later on but the Celtics still had a
chance to win the game. Jeff Green was guarded closely by Josh Smith, however,
after an inbounds pass with 5.0 ticks on the clock and Green missed a driving
layup at the buzzer.
"The bottom line is to try to get it to a guy you think can make a play," said
Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "We've all seen (Green) make those plays time and
again so I don't have a problem with the shot we got."
Jennings had 14 assists, Smith scored 20 and Andre Drummond had 14 points and
16 rebounds for the Pistons, who improved to 6-1 in their last seven games on
the road, including Monday's win over Eastern Conference-leading Indiana.
Sullinger had 19 points to lead the Celtics, who had a two-game winning streak
snapped. Jordan Crawford added 17 points in the loss, Avery Bradley scored 14
and Green had 13.
The Pistons, after trailing by as many as 21 early in the second quarter, took
their first lead of the game at 74-73 with 5:01 remaining in the third when
Jennings completed a four-point play after being fouled by Bradley on a 3 from
the top of the key.
"We picked our energy up, got back in the game," said Pistons coach Maurice
Cheeks. "I thought we made plays, got our defense back, got set a little bit
and that changed the game for us."
They were within 81-80 going into the fourth quarter and led by as many as
seven before the Celtics got back into it with an 8-0 run led by Sullinger.
Detroit outscored Boston 84-64 after the first quarter.
"They out-played us for 36 minutes out of 48," said Stevens. "We outplayed
them for 12."
Indeed, the Celtics shot almost 70 percent in the first quarter, ending it
with a 16-3 run punctuated by Sullinger's tip-in at the buzzer off an inbound
pass from Gerald Wallace.
Wallace threw the pass from the sideline with 0.2 seconds remaining, finding
his teammate on the opposite side of the rim. Sullinger was able to tip it in
despite being fronted by the 6-foot-10 Josh Harrellson, ending Boston's best
quarter of the season.
It gave the Celtics a 42-23 lead. The Pistons cut into their deficit with a
7-2 burst to start the second quarter, sparked by Kyle Singler's 3-pointer,
and were within 11 points at halftime after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope beat the
buzzer to make it 63-52.
The game was played amid reports Atlantic Division-leading Boston was in trade
talks with the Houston Rockets for center Omer Asik ... The Celtics are 2-2 on
a five-game homestand. They face Washington on Saturday ... The Pistons return
home for two games this weekend starting Friday against Charlotte.
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