Brandon Jennings had 28 points and 14 assists, Josh Smith scored 20 points and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Boston Celtics 107-106 on Wednesday night.
Seven Celtics scored in double figures led by Jared Sullinger’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Crawford scored 17 points, Avery Bradley had 14, Jeff Green had 13 and Brandon Bass scored 11. Courtney Lee and Kris Humphries each finished with 10.
The Celtics got off to what could have been considered a near-perfect start offensively. They scored 42 first quarter points and built a 21-point lead in the second quarter. The Pistons cut the lead 11 by the end of the first half and continued to chip away in the third quarter. The Celtics entered the final quarter with only a one point lead. Jennings broke an 89-89 tie on a three-pointer with 7:35 to play and the Pistons extended to seven late in the quarter. However, the Celtics then went on a run of their own, outscoring the Pistons 10-2, taking a 105-104 lead on a Sullinger three. Jennings answered with a three of his own and Sullinger only made one of two free throws with 41 seconds to play. Neither team would score again.
The Pistons are now 13-14 while the Celtics are 12-15.