It was getting a little weird.
Pistons were 5-0 at home, 1-7 on the road. Come on.
Well, the Pistons finally fell at the Palace tonight. But unlike too many of those road losses, they at least played well.
Defense has driven it for Detroit when they’ve found success so far this year, and it was just about enough to bring the win tonight. After a rough first quarter, the Pistons put the clamps down defensively.
Marcus Morris also brought his best game of the season so far. As we saw toward the end of last season, he has a tendency to get surreal when he’s in the zone. Hopefully tonight was the start of that. He finished with 24 points on 10-16 shooting.
But Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford were too much to overcome.
Man, bad luck has been around so far this season. And tonight it was that Horford and Jae Crowder come back from injury. Horford was the difference for the Celtics. And not just because he hit the game winner. Which he did, but we’ll come back to that.
First, Tobias Harris. Dude’s really good, scored 19 points. Andre Drummond also posted a nice 20 points, 17 rebounds.
But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had an odd allergy to shooting, not seeming to want anything to do with it and struggling when he tried. Jon Leuer also had his worst game of the season, shooting 0-7.
One major switch in the rotation was Stan Van Gundy opting for Reggie Bullock over Stanley Johnson. Bullock was effective in his 20 minutes, offering 5 points on 2-5 shooting with a three pointer - he also was key defensively with a steal and two blocks, one of which was super clutch.
The Celtics only shot 40 percent from the field, but those makes were in the right place at the right time.
Most important was late in the fourth quarter. Down three late, Tobias Harris nailed a three pointer in the corner to make the tie. But the Celtics moved their ball well in their final set, ending with a Crowder three - which he missed, but the disruption to the defense left Horford with the easy put-back offensive board.
The Pistons had a final chance to tie, but Horford blocked Aron Baynes’ shot to seal the win.
Pistons are 2-5 in their last seven games and ugh. They host the Houston Rockets on Monday to try getting things back on track.
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