NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Detroit 29 23 20 38 110
Boston 28 29 34 27 118
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Pistons lean on frontcourt duo ahead of trip to Boston

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Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics

  1. The Pistons have won four straight games after losing five of their previous seven. Detroit has scored at least 120 points in two straight games -- the last time the Pistons had a streak of at least three games with 120-plus points occurred in the 1986-87 season (3/4 -- 3/8).
  2. Andre Drummond has scored 61 points over his past two games, the most of any two-game span in his career. His previous high had been 54 points (3/29 -- 3/31/2015).
  3. The Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak with a win in Philadelphia last night, beating the Sixers, 112-109. Boston has gone 3-5 (.375) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, winning in its most recent try over Atlanta on January 19.
  4. Gordon Hayward played 28 minutes in the win, going 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 26 points. He is one of 10 players this season to make at least six threes in fewer than 30 minutes off the bench -- only Gerald Green (three games) has done this more than once.
  5. Boston has gone 2-1 against Detroit this season. The Pistons won the most recent game, 113-104, on December 15. Detroit held Boston to 27.3 percent from three (9-of-33) in the game -- the nine makes is tied for the third fewest by the Celtics in a game this season.
  6. Detroit is holding opponents to a league-low 33.0 percent from beyond the arc and Boston ranking fourth (34.0 percent). The Celtics have gone 28-6 (.824) when holding foes under 35.0 percent, third-best record in the NBA. The Pistons have gone 22-14 (.611) in such games, ranking 21st.

Following two miserable months, the Detroit Pistons are heading toward the All-Star break on a high note.

They will try to collect their fifth straight victory when they play at Boston on Wednesday in their last game before getting eight days off.

Not surprisingly, the surge has been led by All-Star power forward Blake Griffin and center Andre Drummond. Griffin is averaging 25.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists during the winning streak while Drummond is averaging 26.3 points, 16.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.

Both players topped the 30-point mark in Detroit's 121-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday. Drummond powered for 32 points, one shy of his career high, and grabbed 17 rebounds, while Griffin posted 31 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

"Blake and I have really done a good job of communicating both on and off the court of things we can do to help each other," Drummond said. "It's a nightmare for teams. You've got to pick your poison, who you want to get going. And it's scary when we both get it going."

Griffin believes his frontcourt partner should have joined him on All-Star weekend. The team's losing record made it tough for the league's coaches, who chose the All-Star reserves, to give two Pistons that honor.

"What happens if you lead the league in your record the second half of the season?" Griffin said to the team's website. "So now somebody got penalized for having a slow start or whatever it may be at the beginning? It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I think Andre's taken that and really shown that he deserves to be there as well."

The Pistons have their eyes on a team prize -- their second playoff berth in a decade. They are one of six teams vying for the final three Eastern Conference playoff positions.

"Obviously, every (game) from here on out is an important one for us, but we're 5-1 in the last six," Detroit reserve guard Luke Kennard said. "We've got one more before the (All-Star) break, and it's just as important. We can't take our break now. We've got one more to take care of."

The Wednesday contest is the finale of a four-game season series. Boston won the first two and Detroit took the latest meeting 113-104 at home on Dec. 15.

The Celtics will be playing the second end of a back-to-back set. They bounced back from two home losses last week by going on the road and defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 on Tuesday.

Gordon Hayward scored 26 points off the Boston bench while Al Horford supplied 23 points and Jayson Tatum contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sat out due to a knee injury and will not play Wednesday, according to the team. His backup, Terry Rozier, is doubtful due to illness.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was pleased by his team's performance Tuesday without Irving.

"Good teams have clunkers, but good teams respond to those with the right effort and approach," he said. "That was a good one ... I just thought the whole night we played the right way. We fought. And that's what you have to do."

The Celtics committed just six turnovers, which is just what Stevens was looking for prior to the game.

"We have to play harder and better together," he said. "That's it. That's the bottom line."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 13, 2019

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