Pistons knock off CelticsFeb 20, 2012 - 4:37 AM Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Greg Monroe led five Pistons in double figures with 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, leading Detroit past the Boston Celtics for the second time in five days, 96-81, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Rodney Stuckey chipped in 16 points while Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko each netted 13 for the Pistons, winners of three straight, including a 98-88 win in Boston last Wednesday.
"We played a very good game. ... We were better tonight," Pistons head coach Lawrence said. "We're far from being a finished product."
Without Kevin Garnett, who missed the game due to personal reasons, the Celtics held Detroit to 38 percent shooting but turned it over 24 times, leading to 40 points.
Paul Pierce netted a game-high 18 points, Chris Wilcox scored 14 and Ray Allen had 13 in Boston's fifth loss in six games.
Rajon Rondo had 10 assists, but turned it over six times and shot just 1-for-6 from the field before getting ejected late in the third quarter for sharply flipping the ball at referee Sean Wright.
"We weren't playing well at that point (Rondo's ejection), but we were certainly in a position where we could have won," Allen said.
After playing to a 26-all tie in the first quarter, Detroit took control by holding the visitors to one field goal over the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second.
The subsequent 13-3 run followed by an eight-point spurt shortly thereafter pushed the margin to 47-34 following Stuckey's free throw with 3:38 remaining in the half.
It was still a 13-point spread at the break, 55-42, and Detroit controlled the paint in the third quarter to stay comfortably ahead, outscoring the Celtics in the lane, 12-2.
Detroit led 75-61 entering the fourth and led by as many as 20 in the final quarter to win going away.
Detroit won the season series, 2-1...The Pistons entered Sunday averaging 96.1 points in February after putting up 85.7 points per game coming into the month...Brandon Knight rounded out Detroit's double digit scorers with 12... The Pistons had 29 second-chance points to Boston's six...The Celtics fell to 4-7 on the road. They will also visit Dallas, Oklahoma City and Cleveland on their current five-game road swing.
- BOSTON: 81
Feb 19 8:39 PM
- BOSTON: 61
End of 3rd
Feb 19 8:08 PM
- BOSTON: 42
Feb 19 7:18 PM
- BOSTON: 26
End of 1st
Feb 19 6:39 PM
- BOSTON: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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