The Celtics are starting to settle in a groove.
Boston won the third consecutive game on Tuesday, beating the Detroit Pistons 108-105 in the TD Garden.
It was a balanced first half, but the Celtics took control by outbiding the Pistons 25-13 in the third quarter and kept the lead despite the late comeback of Detroit on the remainder of the way.
Kyrie Irving leads the Celtics with 31 points. Jayson Tatum (16), Marcus Morris (15), Jaylen Brown (14) and Al Horford (11) also scored twice for Boston. Blake Griffin led Detroit with 24 points and was one of five double-digit Pistons.
With victory, the Celtics climb to 5: 2, while the pistons fall to 4: 2.
So everything went down:
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Jaylen Brown
F: Jayson Tatum
F: Gordon Hayward
C: Al Horford
The Celtics finished the first leg with 31
In parts of the middle stage, both teams struggled to determine their offenses, with sales (four for each team in the period) and missed attempts with a lot of time on the firing clock, resulting in a good crossover game. At one point, Boston led at eight, but the Pistons always offered opportunities at the offensive end and defended the defense well enough.
The Celtics received good contributions from its bench as the reserve unit scored 16 points, with Aron Baynes leading the way with nine points in the first quarter.
In the second it was mostly level pegging again when the Pistons overtook the Celtics 30-25 and took a 58-56 lead into the break.
The Celtics opened three-and-a-half minutes ahead of seven points, but Detroit failed and built the game at 5:14 before taking on the game's first lead 31 seconds later since the start of the first quarter. From there, both sides negotiated with the odds until Reggie Jackson drilled a 29-foot barrel drill to advance the Pistons just before the halftime buzzer.
In the first quarter of a quarter, Boston shot 48.8 percent (20 out of 41). Irving, Griffin and Drummond all had 24 points out of 12 points.
C & R'S START ROLLING
After a short first half, the Celtics began to move in third gear, beating the Pistons 25-13 with an 81-71 lead.
Boston had beaten twice in a row at the start of the stanza, winning a 10-0 run over 2:43. The Celtics really started to take control. Boston scored the biggest advantage of the game with 2:52 in the frame, thanks to a 3-pointer from Irving and 2:52 in the frame (12). The trek was the last for Irving in a 96-second run in which he dropped three shots from a distance.
Irving had 13 points on the score in the quarter and led the players with 25 points through three periods.
CELTICS FIGHTING THE COMEBACK
The pistons made things interesting in the fourth installment as they overtook Boston 28-22, but the Celtics had enough to hold on to victory.
Detroit made a comeback when Boston got into a terrible offensive drought and was unable to beat a 6:34 field goal at 10:41. During this time, the Cs had five free throws, but they allowed the Pistons to come back into play. The visitors needed some time to reach the offensive end, but a 10-2 run in the middle of the quarter brought Boston's 88-79 lead to 90-89.
With the Celtics leading 101-99 with 15 seconds to go, Morris hit two free throws to increase the lead to four. Ish Smith responded with a 3-pointer to shorten the lead to eleven seconds, but Tatum struck two free throws to bring the lead to three. The Pistons' incoming pass continued, Marcus Smart beating Smith off the ball in a dive. He sent it to Irving, who was fouled, and hit two free throws to extend the lead to five.
Reggie Bullock injected a 3-pointer to reduce Boston's lead by 0.4 to two, but Tatum dismissed the game by beating a free-throw.
The Celtics stay home Thursday night with the Milwaukee Bucks. The tip of TD Garden is at 20.00 clock. ET.
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