Final: Pistons 103-83: An awful performance for the Celtics, who get pounded by the 1-9 Pistons, who have six players score in double figures. Rajon Rondo extends his assist streak to 34 games but needs until the final minute to do so.
Fourth quarter, 2:10. Pistons 96-79: It’s going to be a long plane right back to Boston for the Celtics, who turned in their worst performance of the season. The offense was putrid and the defense allowed way too many easy baskets. A disappointing effort all around.
Fourth quarter, 6:07. Pistons 85-67: The Celtics are turning in their worst performance of the season and unless something dramatic happens, they will be handed their worst loss of the season. The Celtics have been pathetic offensively for the past two-plus quarters. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo has six assists and needs four in the final 6:07 to extend his streak to 34 games.
End of third quarter, Pistons 71-57: A 15-4 Detroit run nearly put the game away but the Celtics score the final 4 points of the quarter and are banking on a Pistons collapse in the fourth quarter. After shooting 10 of 16 from the field in the first quarter, the Celtics are 12 of 38 in the past two quarters, scoring 32 total points. The Celtics are going to need an inspired run to take this one.
Third quarter, 3:44, Pistons 63-53: The Celtics are 11-for-33 shooting (33 percent) since the first quarter and their lack of hitting open shots is killing their chances of stealing a win. Jason Terry just missed two open 3-pointers while Brandon Bass is 3-for-9 shooting and is 10-for-30 in his past three games. The Pistons are shooting 50 percent and are led by Jason Maxiell’s 13 points.
Third quarter, 9:05, Pistons 54-45: The Celtics score the first bucket of the quarter and then allow the next 6, including the final two on a Greg Monroe streaking layup after yet another turnover. Jason Maxiell has 11 points for the Pistons and his shooting is making a big difference because the Celtics are leaving him open.
Halftime, Pistons 48-43: The Celtics shoot 7 of 22 in the quarter and fall behind by as many as 8 against the energetic Pistons, who have gotten 7 points and six rebounds afrom Jason Maxiell and 8 points off the bench from Corey Maggette. Besides Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, the Celtics are 10-for-29 shooting. Rondo has 10 points and five assists.
Second quarter, 1:04, Pistons 46-40: Celtics are struggling mightily offensively in the quarter, missing 14 of 20 shots, while the Pistons are just going to work on the Celtics defense. Detroit is shooting 50 percent.
Second quarter, 3:45, Pistons 38-36: It’s no surprise that the Pistons are giving the Celtics problems. They are playing harder and with more energy than the Celtics. while Rodney Stuckey and Corey Maggette have combined for 14 points. The Celtics are 4 of 15 from the field in the quarter.
Second quarter, 8:00, Pistons 34-31: The Detroit reserves are making a difference. Rodney Stuckey and Corey Maggette have come off the bench to score while the Celtics keep making silly mistakes. Stuckey and Maggette have combined for 14 points. Kevin Garnett has 7 for the Celtics.
End of first quarter, Celtics 25-23: The Celtics shot 62.5 percent in the quarter but lead by just 2 because of six turnovers and eight Detroit free throws. The Pistons attempted 10 free throws in the first period and are pounding the ball in the paint. Rajon Rondo has 7 points, 4 assists but 3 turnovers.
First quarter, 2:55, Celtics 20-15: Rajon Rondo just canned his fourth 3-pointer of the season and the Celtics are hanging on despite a series of mistakes and turnovers.
First quarter, 6:10, Celtics 15-9: The Celtics are off to a positive start, spreading the ball around offensively and getting points from all five starters. Paul Pierce just drained a 3-pointer for his fifth point. The Celtics are 6-for-10 shooting.