Boston's poor 2nd half shooting sends Detroit home with the win; Celtics lose 99-94
BOSTON — Tonight the Celtics faced the Pistons in the third of their four regular season match-ups and on the first night of a back-to-backthis week. In their last meeting, the Celtics
took the win in Detroit the day after Christmas.
Tip-off at the Garden featured the same line-up as Monday night. Unfortunately for the Celtics, the outcome was not the same. Despite
trailing most of the game, the Pistons’ bench proved more productive and Detroit took home a win.
The Celtics shot 5/23 (22%) while Detroit hit 9/22 (41%).Boston went only
12/42 in the second half, which ultimately was their demise.
C's starting line-up:Thomas, Turner, Crowder, Olynyk and Johnson
points of the game came courtesy of a Jae
Crowder mid-range jumper and the Celtics starting unit came out of the gate
strong going 10-14. Evan Turner took advantage of his match-up with
Jackson going 4/5 before Smart checked in for him at the 4-minute mark and the
Celtics were shooting 71%. Olynyk finished the quarter with double digits and a
pair of three’s.RJ Hunter saw some time in the 1st
quarter and racked up a deft steal. Celts closed the 1st quarter
shooting 61%. They impressively out-rebounded as well as outscored Detroit in
the paint (16 to 6).
Hunter started the 2nd quarter alongside Smart, Sullinger, Jerebko
and Turner. Celtics suffered a
lull in their offense scoring only 7 points by the midway point of the quarter.
Caldwell-Pope – on the other hand –
contributed 9 points for Detroit in a little over a minute of playing time via
3 three-pointers. A baseline three from Turner ignited the Celtics to give
them a 4-point lead only to be answered by another Caldwell-Pope bucket. Although they shot less efficiently in this quarter (46%), Boston ended the half with an
8-2 run and headed into halftime with a 7-point advantage.
Evan Turner was high scorer for the
Celtics with 13 pts and 4 boards at the half followed closely by Crowder who shot
perfect from the floor, going 4/4. In total, four Celtics players (4/5
starters) ended the half in double digits (Johnson 10, Olynyk 10).
finished the half as high-scorer for the night thus far with 15. Reggie Jackson was a close 2nd
with 13pts for the Pistons. Drummond finished the half with 3 fouls (in 11
minutes of play time) and Sullinger was in a similar boat with 3 fouls of his
own. Detroit committed 10 turnovers in the half.
At the half: Celtics 55, Pistons
starting five began the half and went right at Drummond to kick-off the quarter
with the 1st points of the half from Amir Johnson, pushing him to 12
points and 9 rebounds. Drummond got to the line and managed to aggressively air
mail a foul shot in a live promo for Hack-A-Drummond. The Celtics led by 7 and 8+ minutes to play. Olynyk would pick up his 3rd
foul shortly after, amidst a flurry of foul calls made in a very short
window in the 3rd.
Olynyk chalked up his 4th foul soon after and Jerebko would replace him in the
line-up.With 5 minutes to play in
the quarter, Celtics had their biggest lead of the game – ahead by
13.Under 4 minutes to
play, Johnson was 3-3 and everyone else was 0-12. Drummond who is typically
trouble on the boards had only 3 rebounds thus far. Jerebko would be the first
Celtic other than Johnson to score in the 3rd quarter. James Young
jumped in for Thomas with a minute left in the quarter. Boston finished the
quarter with a 9-point lead. Turner and Johnson were a combined 33 points and 17
rebounds but as a team, the Celtics shot just 23%.
started the 4th with Smart, Jerebko, Sullinger, Young and Crowder on the floor.
Detroit scored first – twice before the Celts could – but Sullinger would hit
a jumper to put Boston back up by 6 pts.A short Marcus Smart three left him at just 1-8 so far. A Drummond basket would
be followed by a Celtics’ timeout and a Celtics' lead cut to 2 points.
Detroit tied the game at 79 but Isaiah
Thomas notched a very timely 2nd basket of the night to give the
Celtics back the lead. With a little over 6 minutes remaining, some loose-ball
Crowder hustle stopped Detroit from grabbing their first lead of the game.
Unfortunately, a trip to the line – that did deliver Detroit their first lead –
plus a Tolliver three put the them up by four with 5 minutes to play. Five
consecutive points from Thomas
– including a pull-up three – would cut a 6-point Pistons lead to 1. He’d also
give the Celtics back the lead but a crowd-silencing three from Detroit and an
offensive foul called on Crowder sent the lead and the ball back to the
Worth noting that the Pistons had 10 more attempts at the free throw
line than the C’s before the 2-minute mark. Trailing by two – with a fresh
24-second clock – the Celtics got the ball after an official review under the
basket.An Isaiah made foul shot
would cut the lead to 1-point but Detroit’s Stanley Johnson hitting a 3-pointer inflated their lead to 4-points
with under a minute to play. Thomas and Smart both drew fouls in the final
minute and the Celtics were only back by two. A hook foul called against Marcus would
put Baynes on the line for Detroit and bump their lead back up to 4 points. A missed
attempt on a three by Kelly Olynyk would be the C’s last possession for the
Boston: Isaiah Thomas – 22pts 10 assists (game-high)
Reggie Jackson – 24pts
Both Isaiah Thomas and Amir Johnson had double doubles on the night.
Final score: Celtics 94, Pistons
meet the Bulls (21-12) tomorrow night in
Chicago for a nationally televised game on TNT.