The Boston Celtics were close to suffering a second straight loss against the lowly Detroit Pistons, but took care of business in the fourth quarter to power past them for a 113-104 win at Little Caesars Arena. The C’s are now 36-26 on the season and have won 11 of their last 12 games, and avenged their only loss of that stretch to those same Pistons.
Boston trailed 82-78 after three quarters, then outscored Detroit 35-22 in the fourth. Forward Grant Williams sparked the Celtics by scoring the first five points in a row in the final frame. Jaylen Brown hit the first dagger midway through the fourth, draining a three-pointer that stretched the Celtics’ lead to seven. Jayson Tatum nailed a three of his own just over a minute later.
The Pistons’ Cade Cunningham made the C’s earn their late run with eight points of his own in the fourth quarter, but Tatum and Brown kept scoring. Tatum scored four points in the final 1:13 to seal an ultimately comfortable win.
Brown led the Celtics with 27 points total, with Tatum right behind him at 26. Payton Pritchard made the biggest off-the-bench impact for either team, with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting.
Up Next: It’s a quick turnaround for the Celtics, as they head to Indianapolis next to face the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
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