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Final: Pistons 96, Celtics 81

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 19, 2012 06:08 PM

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Final: Pistons 96-81: An embarrassing loss for the Celtics that may prove that it could be time to rebuild this team. Detroit wins despite shooting 37.8 percent from the field. That's because the Celtics committed 24 turnovers and 31 personal fouls. Rajon Rondo got tossed for arguing a non-call and Kevin Garnett missed the game because of a family matter.

Fourth quarter, 7:17, Pistons 81-66: The Celtics had their chances for a run but suddenly can't score while the Pistons are just running their offense and drawing fouls. The Celtics have spent all night bailing out ugly Detroit drives to the basket with silly fouls.

Fourth quarter, 8:48, Pistons 77-66: The Celtics need everything to go right to make a run and what's amazing is that Detroit is shooting 36.2 percent from the field and leading comfortably. That's because they have attempted 40 free throws, making just 23. The Celtics have damaged any chances of a run with 21 turnovers, eight int he second half.

End of third quarter, Pistons 75-61: The Celtics began the quarter with a spurt, cut the lead to 5 and then went 5:59 without a point and are now buried, facing their second loss to the downtrodden Pistons in five days. The Celtics have 18 turnovers and Rajon Rondo has been ejected for arguing a non-call in the third quarter.

Third quarter, 5:19, Pistons 61-54: The Celtics are playing better defense but have missed some open shots that could have closed the deficit even further. Ray Allen has two 3-pointers in the quarter while Paul Pierce has also added 5 points. The Celtics have committed one foul in the quarter.

Halftime, Pistons 55-42: The Celtics are just being frustrated by their litter of fouls and silly turnovers. They have allowed the Pistons 29 free throw attempts as well as committing 13 turnovers compared with Detroit's 5. Rodney Stuckey has 13 while Tayshaun Prince has 10. Detroit has 11 offensive rebounds for 15 second-chance points. The Celtics have 2.

Second quarter, 2:50, Pistons 47-36: The Celtics are 6 for their past 18 from the field while the Pistons are living at the free-throw line. They have attempted 26 free throws in the first half compared with eight for the Celtics. Ray Allen has yet to score while Paul Pierce and Chris Wilcox each have 10 points. Rodney Stuckey has 11 for Detroit.

Second quarter, 8:28, Pistons 33-27: The Celtics are killing themselves with silly fouls. They have already committed 14 to Detroits' 6 and the Pistons has shot a whopping 21 free throws in 15 1/2 minutes of action. Ray Allen remains scoreles for Boston.

End of first quarter, tied at 26: It seems like the Celtics are 10 points down because the Pistons has dominated the pace. But the Celtics are hanging close as Ray Allen has yet to score. The Celtics need a big game from Allen.

First quarter, 2:31, Pistons 23-22: Detroit is playing more active and pushing the ball and the Celtics are a step slow on defense. Jermaine O'Neal was off to a good start but picked up two early fouls. Remember no Kevin Garnett tonight because of family reasons.

First quarter, 5:49, Celtics 18-14: The Celtics should be leading by more given they have hit 8 of their first 9 shots, but the Pistons have two 3-pointers from Brandon Knight and 4 points from Rodney Stuckey. Jermaine O'Neal leads the Celtics with 6 points and Paul Pierce has 5.

First quarter, 7:57, Tied at 10: The Celtics are more focused defensively but that has left unproven Brandon Knight open at the 3-point line and he's hit two so far. Jermaine O'Neal has 6 points for the Celtics.

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