Final score: Pistons 98, Celtics 88

Final score, Pistons 98-88: Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 35 points, but the Celtics were unable to stop a strong second-half Pistons rally. Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Ben Gordon added 22 points for Detroit.

Fourth quarter, 3:27, Pistons 93-83: The Celtics’ offense continued to stagnate. Rajon Rondo scored his 32d point, but missed the second of two free throws, giving Detroit possession after a timeout.

Fourth quarter, 8:27 Pistons 87-76: Detroit went on a 20-4 run over a 5:42 period spanning the final quarters.

End of third quarter, Pistons 73-72: Detroit closed the quarter with an 8-2 run over the final 2:23, taking the lead on Greg Monroe’s tipin with 24 seconds remaining.


Third quarter, 2:44, Celtics 70-65: Rajon Rondo came within one point of his season-high (32 points) with a jumper with 2:46 remaining in the quarter. Chris Wilcox set up the transition sequence by poking the ball away from Greg Monroe.

Third quarter, 8:36, Celtics 59-53: Rajon Rondo continued his hot streak, increasing his total to 27 points. Rondo converted three jumpers and a low post flip in the opening 3:22 of the half.

End second quarter, Celtics 49-47: Chris Wilcox gave the Celtics the lead with 21 seconds remaining. Wilcox, starting in place of Kevin Garnett, scored 10 points in the half.

Second quarter, 2:32, Pistons 43-38: Rajon Rondo continued to spark the Celtics, his 3-pointer providing a 5-point advantage with 3:16 remaining in the half. After a timeout, Ray Allen would be going to the foul line with a chance to give the Celtics their biggest lead of the game.

Second quarter, 8;06, Pistons 34-33: Ben Gordon and Walker Russell rallied the Pistons against Celtic reserve guards Avery Bradley and Keyon Dooling.

End of first quarter, Celtics 28-26: The Celtics fell behind by 6 points early, then began capitalizing on their transition game, Rajon Rondo and Chris Wilcox pushing the pace. The Celtics also isolated Rondo on the post and he responded with a 13-point first-quarter performance.


First quarter, 2:23, Celtics 22-20: Rajon Rondo continued to push the pace for the Celtics. Rondo scored 11 points over a 4:07 span and also fed Chris Wilcox for two transition hoops.

First quarter, 5:48, Celtics 16-12: Rajon Rondo keyed a 10-0 Celtic run over a 1:32 span.

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