Pistons defeat Boston Celtics 96-93
Jayson Tatum was struggling early tonight. He finished the first half with just 7 points, but turned it around for the final two quarters. He finished the night with 28 points as the 21 he scored in the second half played a very big role in the Celtics' comeback. Tatum had a good look in the corner to take the lead with about 17 seconds left but came up short.
The Jays shot a combined 4-18 from three-point range (22%). Boston didn't make a single field goal in the final 4 minutes and 15 seconds of this game. The Pistons were practically giving the Celtics this win and they still weren't able to capitalize. It just wasn't their night, and the poor start to go along with a poor finish, isn't the recipe for success.
Detroit is now 1-4 on the young season. The Pistons were led by Jerami Grant who had 24 points and 4 rebounds. The rookie from Villanova, Saddiq Bey, had a solid night as he scored his career-high with 17 points. The 19th pick in this year's draft also had 6 rebounds in this game. Derrick Rose came off the bench and was able to pitch in with 17 points, which is his season-high so far. The 2011 MVP also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists as he was giving Boston trouble all night.
Boston came into this one not as aggressive as they should have been. Detroit had a lot of easy looks especially in the first half. Boston also had a very tough time rebounding as the Pistons got 11 offensive boards tonight. The Pistons had a 21-point lead at one point until Boston finally started showing some fight. It was a good comeback but teams like Brooklyn, or Milwaukee won't allow the C's to come back in a game if they played as poorly as they did tonight. The Celtics play Detroit again at the Little Caesars Arena Sunday at 3. Let's hope they clean up their sloppy play, and have a better time playing the Pistons in game two of their series.
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