The Celtics who came into this one on a 5 game losing streak would be looking to end this at home against Detroit. Helping the cause would be Marcus Smart who returned from an ankle injury that had him sidelined for 10 games.
Jeff Green would open the scoring for the game with a 3 before some sloppy play by both teams but Boston would take the early 11-4 lead following a Rajon Rondo pull-up jumper. A 7-2 run, capped by a Jeff Green basket would give the Celtics a double digit lead. Detroit rallied with a 13-0 run before Pressey, with a 3, stopped the bleeding to tie things up.
The 2nd quarter started with Boston trailing by 2, Marcus Smart would see his first minutes since coming back from injury, to start the quarter. Smith extended Detroit’s lead to 6 before Kelly Olynyk got a 3 to fall cutting that in half. A feed from Pressey to Olynyk, a pair of made free throws by Bass followed by a Pressey jumper & a Green transition 3 would put the Celtics on a 9-0 run and have Boston leading by 5 with 2 minutes to go in the half. Detroit finished the half strong, on a 8-0 run & would take a 1 point lead into the main break.
The second half began & Green would quickly put Boston back on top after making 2 free throws. The Celtics would go up 3 before a couple baskets by Detroit had them leading again by 1. Zeller drawing an offensive foul on Smith led to a 3 by Green at the other end. Another transition 3 by Green put the Celtics back on top by 1. The back and forth (ugly) quarter ends with Boston outscoring Detroit, 19-15, to take a 61-58 lead into the last.
Bass & Turner made a jumper before Turner dished to Olynyk for the basket, fuelling a 6-0 run to put Boston up by 7. Green hit his 5th 3 of the night to put Boston up 12 but Caldwell-Pope would answer immediately. Monroe converted an and 1 to cut the Celtics lead to 8 with 3:13 left. Some more quick scoring by the Pistons had them only down 2 with still 1:30 remaining. Drummond had the chance to tie the game from the line but went 1 of 2 leaving Detroit having to foul with only 23 seconds left. Turner made both free throws, putting the Celtics up 3 before Butler tied the game giving the Celtics one final chance to win it in regulation. Green couldn’t get the shot to fall & this one was heading to overtime.
Sullinger opened the extra period with a 3 followed by another 3 by Jeff Green to put the Celtics up 6, Turner would extend that another 2 forcing a Detroit timeout with 3:18 left in the overtime period. 4 quick points by Monroe halved the Celtics 8 point lead before Sullinger would answer with a cold blooded 3 followed by an even colder jumper to put Boston up 9. The Celtics would hold off Detroit to win this 109-102.
Jeff Green: 32 Points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Kelly Olynyk: 20 Points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists
Brandon Bass: 9 Points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Phil Pressey: 7 Points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
Tyler Zeller: 8 Points, 10 rebounds.
Evan Turner: 9 Points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists
Jared Sullinger: 14 Points, 8 rebounds, 2 assist
Rajon Rondo: 2 Points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists
Avery Bradley: 6 Points
Gerald Wallace: 2 points