By Tristan Deschenes, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Instead of taking a three-game winning streak into Milwaukee, the Celtics stumbled and find themselves making their way to Milwaukee with a disappointing 116-103 loss from the Pistons to their name.
The story Boston’s defense could not bother the Pistons, as Detroit shot 60.3% from the field for the game. The Celtics have not allowed an opponent to shoot over 60% from the field since 2006.
But both Boston and Detroit had fantastic shooting numbers in the first half, as the Pistons shot 64 percent while the Celtics countered with a 51 percent mark from the floor. And despite the Pistons’ obvious percentage advantage in the opening 24, the sides went back and forth for most of the first half, but the Celtics took a 59-57 lead into the third quarter after Gordon Hayward hit a fadeaway jumper with 1.3 seconds to give the Celtics the lead.
Boston had big first half performances from Jaylen Brown (17 points) and Hayward (12 points), while the Pistons got a big first half boost from Markieff Morris off the bench, who scored 17 first-half points.
Detroit’s hot shooting continued and the Pistons took over in the second half, as Detroit used a 10-0 run that was capped off by a Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk three to put the Pistons up 82-73 with 3:05 to go in the third quarter.
The Pistons continued to hold off any Celtics run, and Mykhaililuk hit a half court buzzer beater shot at the end of the third quarter to give the Pistons a 91-82 lead going into the fourth.
And the Pistons continued to stretch their lead in the fourth quarter.
A Derrick Rose layup extended the Pistons lead to 95-82 with 10:54 to go in the game, and a Pistons run midway through the quarter basically put the game out of reach for Brad Stevens’ squad. A Tony Snell three at 7:55 put the Pistons up by 19 and Andre Drummond dunk at 7:05 gave the Pistons a 21-point lead.
The C’s would get the lead down to 12 with 3:28 to go, but bad turnovers and missed shots kept the Celtics from coming back, while Hayward finished the night with 25 points and seven rebounds. Kemba Walker also chipped in with 19 points but only shot 7-for-19 from the field. Jayson Tatum, meanwhile, did not play, due to knee soreness.
On the Pistons’ side of things, Rose finished the night with 22 points and six assists, while rookie Sekou Doumbouya led Detroit in scoring with 24 points. The Pistons also got great contributions off the bench, with 44 points between Morris and Mykhaililuk alone.
Up Next: Boston will travel to Milwaukee to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the first place Bucks on Thursday night.