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Celtics Wrap: Boston Fights Off Pistons' Late Rally In 91-81 Victory

Celtics Wrap: Boston Fights Off Pistons' Late Rally In 91-81 Victory Celtics Wrap: Boston Fights Off Pistons' Late Rally In 91-81 Victory
Melinda Barton | 11 December, 2017, 13:58

Dennis Schroder had 21 points for the Hawks, who are 3-11 on the road. The Celtics weathered a late Pistons surge while Boston missed 12 straight shots, emerging on top while giving up season-low point total.

It wasn't pretty, but the Boston Celtics exacted sweet revenge over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday afternoon.

The Knicks appeared to have the game put away after three straight points from Jarrett Jack and Porzingis gave them a 101-92 lead with 3:46 left.

The Boston Celtics held the Detroit Pistons scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half on the way to a 91-81 victory Sunday night - the Pistons' sixth straight loss. The C's and Pistons combined to score only 31 points in the second stanza, with Boston taking a 44-37 lead into the break.

"We responded not only to that loss at home (to Detroit), but also to the tough Spurs loss", said Boston's Kyrie Irving, who scored 16 points.

Slowing down Kyrie Irving will be a massive factor in whether the Detroit Pistons are in with a shot.

Boston's Jaylen Brown scored 12 points, reserve Marcus Smart had 12 and smooth-shooting rookie Jayson Tatum 11.

The Bulls have won consecutive games for the first time this season.

DeMar DeRozan scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter as the Toronto Raptors cruised to a 102-87 defeat of the Sacramento Kings.

Kyle Lowry added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on an off-night shooting, Serge Ibaka scored 20 points, and C.J. Miles had 11 for the Raptors.

National Basketball Association rookie Ben Simmons had 27 points and 10 assists in a dazzling display for the Philadelphia 76ers but 34 points from Jrue Holiday got the New Orleans Pelicans home 131-124. Toronto won for the first time in Sacramento since 2014. J.J. Redick scored 28 points and Ben Simmons, who played one season at LSU before being selected first overall in the 2016 draft, had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia. Oladipo made six 3-pointers, with the biggest coming with 2:10 to play in the third quarter to give in its first lead of the game.

DeRozan shot 9 of 15 and was 7 of 11 on free throws while going over the 12,000-point mark for his career.

Lakers 110, Hornets 99: Jordan Clarkson scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and visiting Los Angeles beat Charlotte. In the rematch, Drummond didnt make a basket until late in the game and finished with just six points — he shot 1-of-5 — while Jackson was 0-for-9 with two points.