BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 24 of his forty one factors within the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics held off the Detroit Pistons 113-109 on Monday night time to increase their profitable streak to 4 video games.
Jae Crowder added 21 factors and Al Horford scored thirteen for Boston, which needed to rally after Detroit surged halfway by way of the fourth quarter and the groups traded the lead.
Andre Drummond had 28 factors and pulled down 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who outscored Boston 60-38 within the paint and outrebounded the Celtics fifty one-forty four. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 factors for Detroit, which misplaced its third straight.
Thomas prolonged his run of video games with at the least 20 factors to 32 in a row and carried Boston down the stretch, making 9 free throws within the fourth quarter whereas going 15 for 15 from the road.
Boston led 109-107 with 31 seconds left and gave the Pistons an opportunity with a backcourt violation. Reggie Jackson drove for a layup, however missed and Jonas Jerebko pulled down the rebound for Boston, then held on tight. The Pistons ended up fouling Thomas, who hit each free throws and added two extra with 7.5 seconds remaining.
Boston led fifty four-forty six at halftime and seventy nine-70 after the third quarter, which was filled with missed photographs and large bounces off the rim.
The Pistons got here out robust within the fourth, capitalizing on some sloppy performs by Boston and pulling inside attain on a 9-2 run. Morris hit a three-pointer, simply the second of the sport for Detroit, to tug the Pistons inside 88-86 and the Pistons regained the lead a couple of minutes later when Boston despatched Caldwell-Pope to the road by fouling him on a three-pointer.
Caldwell-Pope made all three to place the Pistons up ninety one-ninety — their first lead since going up 27-26 within the second quarter.
The lead went again-and-forth till Thomas’ three-level play with four:thirteen left put Boston up ninety nine-ninety eight.
Detroit obtained inside some extent once more when Drummond’s two free throws with 2:forty six left made it 104-103, however Thomas answered once more with one other three-pointer and Boston held off the Pistons the remainder of the best way.
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