DOUG ALDEN, Related Press
BOSTON (AP) — After mixing and matching to get Isaiah Thomas higher appears, the Boston Celtics simply set their All-Star level guard unfastened.
Thomas got here by means of once more, scoring 24 of his forty one factors within the fourth quarter because the Celtics held off the Detroit Pistons 113-109 on Monday night time.
“He was unbelievable — once more,” coach Brad Stevens stated. “They type of stored us off stability with their coverages so we simply tried to get him off the ball some. After which when he acquired going late, he simply obtained going so it didn’t matter he was off the ball or on the ball.”
Thomas prolonged his run of video games with a minimum of 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.
The Pistons held Thomas in examine by way of the primary three quarters. Thomas had thirteen factors at halftime and scored simply 4 factors within the third quarter, then took over within the fourth.
“I all the time simply attempt to get slightly extra aggressive to attain, to make performs,” Thomas stated. “They began switching quite a bit within the fourth quarter after which Brad calls in some actually good performs to get the spacing proper. We had good spacing, issues opened up for me and I simply took benefit of it.”
Thomas additionally had eight assists whereas main the Celtics to their fourth straight win. 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 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who outscored Boston 60-38 within the paint. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 factors for Detroit, which misplaced its third straight.
Coach Stan Van Gundy stated his staff performed nicely sufficient to win and blamed himself for not arising with a approach to cease Thomas within the fourth.
“The one individual I’m upset with proper now’s myself,” he stated. “You’ve received to do a greater job than what I did tonight within the fourth quarter. I’m upset at myself, however I used to be proud of our guys. I assumed they fought actually, actually exhausting.”
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. The Pistons ended up fouling Thomas, who hit each free throws and added two extra with 7.5 seconds remaining.
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