Remember in the 1980s when the Bad Boys and Celtics used to have defensive battles that were like going to war? They would be disappointed in the two teams that played tonight. The current NBA is all about shooting and defense is a lot more difficult, but the Pistons and Celtics took that to a new extreme tonight.
It seemed like the Pistons played a lot better than the halftime score of 59-53 would make you think. That score was also a sign of what was to come in the 2nd half.
Both teams decided to leave any idea of defense in the locker room and see who could outshoot the other team. It was fun to watch, but would send a bad message to any fan who might have been tuning into one of their first games.
The entire 2nd half was a back-and-forth affair that featured a lot of quick shots that were not contested at all. No team really was able to pull away from the other team.
The Pistons went on a run late in the 4th to build their lead up to 10. However, Avery Bradley made three 3-pointers in a row to turn this game into a bit of a nail biter.
After Marcus Morris turned the ball over on the inbounds with 16 seconds left, the Celtics were within four points and it looked like the Pistons would find a way to let this one slip away. However, the Pistons were able to make their free throws and close the game out.
The Pistons ended the game shooting 55 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3. The Celtics made 15 of 42(!) shots from beyond the arc in this game.
Every Pistons starter scored at least 20 points except Ish Smith, who finished with 19. He also flirted with a triple-double by finishing with 8 assists and 8 rebounds.
The Pistons are now back to .500 with a 10-10 record and close out the road trip in Atlanta on Friday.