Final: Celtics 109, Pistons 86: Celtics end game with a 15-4 run and finally turn this into a rout. Rajon Rondo collected 17 assist and now has 41 on his past two games. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce combine for 43 points and Jermaine O’Neal enjoys his best game as a Celtic with 12 points and two blocks.
Fourth quarter, 3:45, Celtics 105, Pistons 82: Starters help restore order with an 11-0 run and now Doc Rivers has cleared the bench with Luke Harangody making his Boston debut and scoring a bucket.
Fourth quarter, 5:45, Celtics 94, Pistons 82: Not exactly a strong finish for the Celtics, a total of 6 points in the first 6:15 of the quarter on 2-for-10 from the field. Doc Rivers had to go with his starters after he tried to give them the rest of the night off.
Fourth quarter, 8:47, Celtics 90, Pistons 76: Doc Rivers tries to give the starters the rest of the night off, and the bench allows an 8-2 Detroit run to start the quarter. So let’s see if he will let the bench play out of this, but the Pistons are a couple of more baskets from making it interesting.
End of third quarter, Celtics 88, Pistons 68: This may be the worst Pistons team in recent memory because they don’t play any defense. Celtics scored 12 points in the final 3:01, including the final 5 by Paul Pierce for a 20-point lead. Pierce has 21 while Rajon Rondo has 15 assists.
Third quarter, 2:43, Celtics 78 Pistons 62: Celtics have led by as many as 20 as they try to step on the Pistons and avoid any late rallies and get ready for Milwaukee tomorrow night. Kevin Garnett has 18 points and Paul Pierce has 16, including a rant after getting a block call on Ben Wallace: “I can’t get a charge call all season. I’ve been in the league 13 years, when do I get some respect?”
Third quarter, 9:07, Celtics 64, Pistons 48: Celtics have avoided third-quarter slow start and have build nice lead behind 14 points from Kevin Garnett and 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 blocks from Jermaine O’Neal.
Halftime, Celtics 57, Pistons 44: The Celtics end the half with 3-pointers by Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo to create a little distance. Rondo’s came as the buzzer sounded. The Celtics are shooting 54 percent from the field, led by Kevin Garnett’s 12 points. Allen, Rondo and Paul Pierce each have 9. Rodney Stuckey has 11 for Detroit on 11 shots.
Second quarter,1:12, Celtics 51, Pistons 42: Detroit made an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 5 but the Celtics have responded, although they are allowing the Pistons to keep within striking distance. In a similar situation last year the Celtics blew a chance to extend the lead and fell apart in the second half. Rodney Stuckey has 9 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Kevin Garnett has 12 points and 2 rebounds.
Second quarter, 6:16, Celtics 43, Pistons 34: Boston has a chance to create real space in this game but they continue to make silly mistakes or allow the Pistons to come back in spurts. The Pistons have scored consecutive buckets and are staying close. Kevin Garnett has 10 points and Paul Pierce has 7.
Second quarter, 9:49, Celtics 39, Pistons 28: The Celtics are going deep into the bench tonight, featuring a lineup of Von Wafer, Nate Robinson, Semih Erden, Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels and they have started the quarter with an 8-2 run against a Pistons team whose interest is waning. Erden has 2 points and 2 blocks in 5 minutes.
End of first quarter, Celtics 31, Pistons 26: Semih Erden checked in for the first time this season. He swatted two shots in two minutes.
First quarter, 3:32, Celtics 24, Pistons 15: “Respect for the Game” strikes again. Bob Delaney hit Glen Davis with a tech for running the other way with the ball after being whistled for a foul. Davis was dazed and confused. From the bench Doc Rivers called it “crazy.” Then he and Delaney had a battle of wits. Doc tried to say Davis didn’t mean anything by it. Delaney said, ‘He meant it.’ Then, pulling his card about the explanatory sessions the refs held during the preseason added, “I’m glad I was at the meetings and you weren’t.” Rivers shot back, “I was at the meetings.” Rajon Rondo, who was standing right next to Delaney, motioned at Rivers to just drop it. He did. But he wasn’t happy about it.
First quarter, 6:11, Celtics 18, Pistons 9:The first few minutes were strictly KG vs. Austin Daye. The numbers before Daye left the floor make it look even (Daye 3 points on 1 of 2 shooting, Garnett 4 points on 1 of 2 shooting). The Celtics fed Garnett the ball constantly. He was mad at himself at one point for not finishing a reverse that could have led to an and-1. He’s got 8 points now on 3 of 4 shooting.