BOSTON – For so many games, we have seen the Boston Celtics play a brand of basketball that was far from perfect, but good enough on most nights to emerge victorious.
Not tonight; not against a hungry Detroit Pistons team that’s looking for more than victories as they try and climb their way up the Eastern Conference standings.
Performances like Monday’s 118-108 win over Boston can only help.
- Bradley on coming back to Boston: It will always be my home
- Smart: Good to get in rhythm but rather have the win
- Stevens: We didn't quite match the Pistons pace
The Pistons (13-6) scored more points than any team has this season against the Celtics (18-4), which was aided by them shooting 51.8 percent – the highest shooting percentage any team has had against the Celtics this season.
“We know we beat a really, really good team,” said Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy. “We were able to get quality shots on a pretty consistent basis against a great defensive team.”
After the game, the Celtics players and head coach Brad Stevens praised the Pistons for a well-played game.
“They’re a good team,” Stevens said. “They’re well-coached, they run good stuff, I love what they’re doing. They’re really good.”
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 118-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
This was one of the more engaging performances we’ve seen from Drummond in a long, long time. He finished with a monster double-double of 26 points and 22 rebounds with six assists and four steals while shooting 10-for-12 from the field.
If there’s one thing we know about Tobias Harris, it’s that when he gets it going he becomes extremely difficult to cool down. He was knocking down jumpers, drives to the basket and 3-pointers most of the night before finishing with 31 points on 11-for-16 shooting along with eight rebounds.
It wasn’t one of Irving’s better performances this season, but he still managed a near double-double with 18 points on 6-for-16 shooting along with nine assists.
It was yet another big night shooting the ball for Smart who led all Celtics with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting which included six made 3-pointers.
On a night when Drummond and Harris had big nights, Jackson also delivered an impressive performance. The former Boston College star had 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting along with seven assists and a blocked shot.
His scoring really set the tone for the Pistons who shot the ball (51.8 percent) better than any team against the Celtics this season. Bradley finished with 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting with five assists and two steals.
Credit Detroit’s defense for doing more than just taking the Celtics out of what they wanted to do on the floor. The Pistons forced Boston into committing 17 turnovers which they converted into 26 points while Boston’s top-ranked defense forced just eight turnovers which led to just eight points.