By JIMMY GOLENAP Sports activities Author
BOSTON (AP) – Avery Bradley had his homecoming, however no one on the Pistons enjoys a visit to Boston greater than Andre Drummond.
The Detroit middle had season highs of 26 factors and 22 rebounds on Monday night time to steer Detroit to a 118-108 victory and ship the Celtics to their first loss on the parquet ground since their house opener. Tobias Harris scored 31 within the matchup of old-school rivals who’re as soon as once more the highest groups within the Japanese Convention.
“They will bear in mind it. That is a type of memorable video games,” stated Drummond, who went to highschool and faculty in Connecticut. “We got here in, them being the No. 1 workforce and us getting a number of factors. Me being the hometown child, having the night time I did, that is one thing they’re going to have to recollect.”
Drummond had 10 rebounds within the first quarter and 11 factors within the final 5:36 to assist Detroit win for the third time in 4 video games. In 10 video games in Boston, he has averaged 16.2 rebounds; it was the third time he had grabbed 22 boards within the constructing.
“Andre was unbelievable tonight,” Detroit guard Ish Smith stated. “He was particular.”
Reggie Jackson scored 20 factors with seven assists for the Pistons, who opened an 11-point lead within the first quarter however wanted consecutive three-point performs from Drummond down the stretch to tug away. Bradley, who performed the primary seven years of his profession for the Celtics, acquired a standing ovation throughout pregame introductions, then scored 13 factors.
“For them to indicate that respect to me means so much to me,” Bradley stated. “It will all the time be my second house.”
Marcus Sensible scored 23 factors, making 6 of 9 from Three-point vary, and Kyrie Irving had 18 with 9 assists for the Celtics. Boston has misplaced two of 4 since a 16-game profitable streak.
“They tried to take the ball out of Kyrie’s arms, they usually did so fairly efficiently,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated.
It was tied 100-all with 5:36 left earlier than the Pistons pulled away because of Drummond. With simply over three minutes left, he stole a lazy inbound move at midcourt and drove for the dunk, drawing a foul from Irving.
The free throw made it 109-102.
It was 114-108 when Sensible’s lengthy, leaning Three-point try rimmed out with 34 seconds left.
“We had an opportunity to win, however we had too many errors,” Celtics middle Al Horford stated.
The Celtics fell behind 16-6 within the opening minutes, persevering with a development of early deficits. Detroit led 31-23 after the primary quarter, however Boston scored the primary eight factors of the second to tie it.
A seven-point Detroit lead within the third quarter was rapidly erased, however then the Pistons responded with eight straight factors and the Celtics matched that, too.
Already carrying a masks due to a damaged bone in his face, Irving needed to test in with the coach within the sport’s opening minutes after getting hit within the mouth. He didn’t want to come back out of the sport.
Drummond added six assists and 4 steals. He is the primary participant with that many factors, rebounds, assists and steals since Charles Barkley on Jan. 20, 1990, in response to NBA.com. … Bradley was traded to open cap house for Gordon Hayward. … Pink Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski sat courtside. … The 118 factors allowed was a season excessive for the Celtics. … Bradley was 2 for 11 after hitting his first three pictures.
Pistons: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night time.
Celtics: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night time.
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