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NBA Game Summary - Boston at Detroit



(Sunday, November 3rd)

Final Score: Detroit 87, Boston 77

Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond all netted 15 points for the Detroit Pistons in an 87-77 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

The Pistons' starting frontcourt all made seven field goals and a free throw, while Drummond and Monroe added 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Rodney Stuckey shot 8-of-9 from the foul line off the bench for 10 points.

Brandon Jennings, who missed the Pistons' first two games after undergoing wisdom tooth surgery, made his Detroit debut and dropped 14 points while matching a game-high with four assists. Jennings spent the first four years of his career with the Milwaukee Bucks and came over in an offseason trade for Brandon Knight.

"Obviously we knew Brandon Jennings could play," said Detroit head coach Maurice Cheeks. "It was just good to see him out there and see the effect that he can have on a team because he brings a little bit of electricity to the game.

Kelly Olynyk paced Boston with 15 points and eight boards off the bench. Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford scored 13 points apiece as the Celtics remained winless on the season.

"We just have to get better," said Olynyk. "They (Pistons) capitalized on their chances. We cut it close a couple of times, but that's not good enough when you play in this league."

The Pistons extended their 45-35 halftime lead to 15 points early in the third on a Will Bynum pull-up jumper. Boston managed to stay within striking distance and made its move late in the third quarter.

Monroe split a pair at the free throw line to give the Pistons a 63-52 edge with 2:41 left in the third when Boston went on a 13-0 surge that spanned into the early stages of the fourth quarter. Bradley tied the score on Boston's second possession of the final frame with a corner 3 from Crawford in transition, and two Sullinger free throws gave the Celtics the lead.

Jennings ended the spurt with a layup, which sparked a 12-2 Pistons' run to regain control of the game.

Bradley's step-back jumper with 2:14 remaining cut Boston's deficit to two, but the Celtics committed three straight turnovers after that and Detroit took care of business at the foul line. The Pistons ended the game on an 8-0 run.

"Those groups were doing a great job," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "They gave us a chance to win and then we turned it over because we were moving too fast. I was pleased with the last group at the end of the game and I just thought they gave it everything they had."

The Pistons asserted their dominance inside early on, outscoring the Celtics 22-14 in the paint in the first quarter. Detroit also outrebounded Boston, 14-6, but led just 24-21 after the opening 12 minutes thanks to Crawford, who netted seven points in the final minutes of the opening frame.

Game Notes

Neither team shot well from behind the arc, as Boston hit 3-for-16 and Detroit made just 2-of-13 ... The Pistons grabbed seven more offensive rebounds than Boston and outscored the visitors, 19-8, on second chance points ... The Celtics look to get on track when they visit Memphis on Monday.

11/03 23:17:51 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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