Boston Celtics

Jan 1, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles past Detroit Pistons guard Delon Wright (55) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics played an egregiously sloppy first quarter on Friday night in Detroit, and their comeback attempt came up just short in a 96-93 loss to the Pistons.

Boston shot 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) as a team in the first quarter and committed eight turnovers collectively. The Pistons built a 27-12 lead after one quarter and maintained the 15-point advantage into halftime.

The C’s got minimal offensive contributions out of anyone outside of Jayson Tatum (28 points) or Jaylen Brown (25 points). Marcus Smart scored 13 on just 5-for-14 from the field.

Boston lost despite shooting more efficiently as a team overall (47.0 percent) than the Pistons (40.9 percent). They were able to eventually turn their shooting around after the ugly first quarter, but not enough to win.

Up Next: The Celtics get a rematch against the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday at 3 p.m. You can hear the call of the game on 105.7 WROR, as it will be preempted by the Patriots-Jets game on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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