Celtics Wrap: Strong Fourth Quarter Propels Pistons To Win In Boston

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) finger rolls a shot to the hoop during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

Harris brought down the house with a two-handed flush, giving the Pistons an eight-point lead on their way to a 121-114 victory Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond was fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association on Thursday for elbowing Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert in the head on Tuesday. He had been playing well after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury. The current National Basketball Association is all about shooting and defense is a lot more hard, but the Pistons and Celtics took that to a new extreme tonight. After snapping a four-game losing streak with wins over the Heat and Clippers, the Thunder squashed whatever optimism Detroit had coming into this trip. But in the end, Boston needed a little more grit and fervor on the defensive end, a deficiency that's happened all too often a quarter of the way into the season.

And just when it seemed the Pistons had hit a wall in the fourth quarter and the Celtics rallied ahead with an 11-0 run, Detroit responded with a 9-0 burst of its own to surge back ahead. They shot 55 percent from the floor and 45 percent from beyond the arc.

The latter gave Detroit a 118-110 lead with 22.1 seconds left. Four of their five starters scored 20 or more points.

Instead, like a real person and father - not just someone who bounces basketballs all day long - Horford skipped the game to be with his family.

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Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a game-winning 18-footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds to play, helping the Knicks avoid what would have been an epic collapse in the fourth quarter. These teams are both looking to be relevant in the East and this is an important game in establishing that success in the East.

The loss dropped the Hornets to 10-8. "Nobody's told me about a minutes restriction since before the Miami game", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

No team is sporting a greater discrepancy between success at home and struggles on the road than the Detroit Pistons, who enter the week 7-2 at the Palace of Auburn Hills and 1-8 elsewhere. "I felt like our guys were there". But the Celtics were adamant they need to get Horford involved more.

"Anybody that knows me, knows I'm not a dirty player", Drummond said afterward.

The Pistons reached the.500 mark (10-10), but Smith said they can play a lot better.

  • Lawrence Cooper