The Pistons were in command from the tip, jumping out to an early 7-0 lead, which was stamped emphatically by a Brandon Knight dunk over the ancient Kevin Garnett. Young guns going rude over the old dogs. Move, no please and thank you.
The young and now-exciting Pistons never trailed in the game en route to another convincing double-digit victory over the whittling Celtics, who have lost four straight to the Pistons by an average of over 15 points per game.
Andre Drummond led all scorers with 16 points in just over 20 minutes to go along with seven rebounds, a steal and a block. The Celtics tried the "Hack-a-Dre" strategy to no avail, as the usually poor free throw shooter let the youthful ice water run through his veins and hit six of eight from the line. He also dunked over Garnett for good measure.
Greg Monroe had another double double with 15 and 11, plus five assists. Knight had 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists, although he turned the ball over seven times. Will Bynum continues to prove to be most point-guardy-ness off the bench, contributing 15 points of his own and five assists opposite just one turnover.
The Pistons have won eight of their last 12 games and trail the Celtics for that No. 8 spot by five games. The Pistons host the Magic on Tuesday before hitting the road for three.
* Potent Quotable:
"I don't think we have the commitment to be a good basketball team. This team wants everything easy, they want the easy way out. They want to win easy, but the only way you're going to win easy is you're going to have to play hard. We're taking the wrong approach. I've either got to find the right combination, the right guys, or we're going to have to get some guys out of here." -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers after his team dropped to .500
* ROLL CALL
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