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Final: Celtics 98, Pistons 93

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  April 3, 2013 07:44 PM

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Final: Celtics 98-93: The Pistons depended on Charlie Villanueva to save the day and he missed a potential tying 3-pointer and was 2-for-17 shooting and 0-for-8 from 3-point land. Jason Terry seals game with two free throws and the Celtics pick up a key game on Milwaukee for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

Fourth quarter, 29.5, Celtics 96-93: Jason Terry misses his fourth 3-pointer of the evening and Detroit grabs rebound. Pistons ball.

Fourth quarter, 45.3, Celtics 96-91: Pistons got to within 2 and Charlie Villanueva, having a horrid offensive night (2-for-15) missed a 3-pointer badly. Jeff Green responds with a 3 of his own for a 34th point. Celtics are getting outrebounded 52-33 and 25-4 on offensive boards.

Fourth quarter, 2:28, Celtics 93-90: After the Jeff Green dunk, the Pistons scored 4 points on the next possession after a Greg Monroe three-point play and a technical free throw. After a Green jumper, Jonas Jerebko, who has been stellar on offense and defense, drains a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game. Celtics ball.

Fourth quarter, 3:35, Celtics 91-83: Jeff Green is saving the Celtics from embarrassment, just jamming home a Jason Terry miss as the Celtics try to avoid blowing completely an 18-point lead. Green has 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting. Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass have added 17. The Pistons are outrebounding the Celtics 50-30, and 25-4 on the offensive glass.

Fourth quarter, 9:21, Celtics 79-74: The problem tonight is rebounding, the Celtics are getting pounded 46-26 on the glass and the Pistons are playing handball with offensive rebounds, grabbing 23 to Boston's two. Jonas Jerebko has made a big difference in the second half. He has 14 points in 19 minutes.

End of third quarter, Celtics 74-67: Detroit ends the quarter on an 11-0 run and the Celtics were held scoreless for the final 3:50, meaning this game is hardly over and the Celtics will needs to put in more work to seal what should have been an easy win. Rodney Stuckey has 18 points for the Pistons while Greg Monroe has 14. Jeff Green has 21 points for Boston while Brandon Bass has 17.

Third quarter, 6:10, Celtics 66-52: The Celtics are continuing to pound the Pistons with the combination of Jeff Green and Brandon Bass, who have combined for 34 points on 13-for-19 shooting. Avery Bradley has also had a nice game with 11 points in 21 minutes.

Halftime, Celtics 54-44: Boston outscores Detroit 31-14 in the quarter to take some control but the Celtics need to contain Rodney Stuckey, who has 14 points. Jeff Green leads the Celtics with 14 points and Brandon Bass has 13. The Celtics are shooting 54.1 percent but Jordan Crawford lowered that clip by missing 4 of 5 shots.

Second quarter, 2:20, Celtics 53-43: The Celtics have made quite a turnaround in the quarter, holding the Pistons to 5-for-14 shooting and are being more competitive on the boards. Brandon Bass has found his shooting stroke with 5-for-6 shooting for 12 points. Jeff Green has 14 for the Celtics. Rodney Stuckey is keeping the Pistons close with 13 points.

Second quarter, 5:39, Celtics 42-35: The Celtics are beginning to gain control behind 14 points from Jeff Green and 62.1 percent shooting. Paul Pierce has been rather quiet with 4 points and four assists in 11 minutes. Avery Bradley has 7 points in 10 minutes. The Pistons are 2-for-10 shooting in the quarter.

Second quarter, 9:04, Celtics 34-32: The Celtics scored the first 7 points of the second quarter and are jumping on the back of Jeff Green, who has 10 points. The Pistons have slowed down offensively but they are constantly going at the Celtics in the paint, scoring 20 of their 32 points inside.

End of first quarter, Pistons 30-25: The Celtics didn't exactly make a positive statement there, allowing the 25-50 Pistons to score 30 points, 18 of those in the paint. They also hit three 3-pointers and attempted eight free throws. Greg Monroe has 8 points for Detroit and Rodney Stuckey has 7.

First quarter, 1:49, Pistons 27-24: The Pistons are about to put up a 30-point quarter on the Celtics and they are only shooting 45.8 percent. They have attempted 24 shots in 10 minutes and are dominating the boards and playing with more energy. Greg Monroe has 8 points for the Pistons while Avery Bradley has 7 for Boston.

First quarter, 6:17, Pistons 13-11: Once again, the Pistons look like a formidable opponent against the Celtics. They have already taken 16 shots and six free throws and if they hadn't missed five free throws, the Celtics would be in real trouble. Rookie Andre Drummond already has 4 points and five rebounds.

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