Having lost three straight and four of their last five games, no one knew for sure what to expect from the Boston Celtics coming out of the All-Star break.
The time off was just what the Celtics needed to get their timing back at both ends of the floor, taking over in the first half against Detroit in cruising to a 110-98 win.
Boston’s bench delivered their best performance of the season, tallying a season-high 65 points which included a career-high 19 points from Daniel Theis. Ish Smith led the Pistons (28-30) with 20 points. Blake Griffin had 17 points and Andre Drummond tallied a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds.
The Celtics were particularly effective from 3-point range, shooting a solid 17-for-39 that was instrumental in Boston (41-19) beating Detroit for the second time in the third – and final – matchup of the season unless these two square off again in the playoffs.
Boston trailed 28-23 after the first quarter, but began to establish control in the second by closing the half out with a 24-10 run to lead 61-49 at the half.
The Celtics refused to allow Detroit back into the game in the third quarter, not allowing the Pistons to get any closer than four points.
And just like they did in the second quarter, Boston closed out the quarter with a nice surge, scoring seven of the last nine points of the quarter to lead 86-77 going into the fourth.
The Celtics are among several NBA teams with interest in signing Euro League star Brad Wanamaker, according to international basketball reporter David Pick.
The Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat also have interest in Wanamaker, according to Pick.
Wanamaker, 28, a 6-foot-4 guard, went undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. He's averaged 14.9 points and 4.9 assists and shot 43 percent, 36 percent from 3, in three Euro League seasons.
The Celtics got a solid season from European free-agent signee Daniel Theis of Germany last season (5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds in 14.9 minutes a game before a knee injury in March.
University of Miami guard Bruce Brown, who's from Boston, played in the area in high school and is a possibility when the Celtics pick 27th on Thursday night in the NBA draft, will work out for Boston for a second time this week, Keith Smith of RealGM reports.
Smith, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, saw his draft stock drop after his sophomore season ended with a foot injury in January.
The defensive-minded point guard is an inconsistent shooter (27 percent on 3-pointers last season) but Smith reports he fits the mold of Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart.
Brown was born in Boston and played at Wakefield (Mass.) High and at Vermont Academy.
Also visiting the Celtics for a second workout, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, is Cincinnati guard Jacob Evans, another defense-first guard who's bigger (6-6, 210), but similar to Brown.