Detroit Pistons squander another lead but bounce back to upend Boston Celtics
Detroit – Watching the pistons lose leads becomes one thing, and not in a good way.
Coach Dwane Casey lamented the mistakes the Pistons made earlier this season. He led in all four games in the fourth quarter, but made those leads disappear late.
This time it was early in the fourth quarter.
The Pistons got off to a hot early start, shooting 53% off the field in the first half and leading by up to 21 only to see them fade again.
This time they got a different result and recovered on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena for a 96-93 win over the Boston Celtics.
Jerami Grant had 24 points, Saddiq Bey 17 points and six rebounds and Derrick Rose 17 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Pistons (1-4).
BOX SCORE: Piston 96, Celtics 93
“We felt like we were in every game – and tonight we could do it,” said Rose.
Unlike the previous blown leads, the Pistons got the buzz late, scoring the game’s final eight points, including four from Grant. Holding the lead and figuring out how to win is the great advantage the pistons can end up pulling out of another tight, especially defensive.
“Our defenses took us, but they still shot 47%. We needed defensive stops on the tracks, we have them, and we have to be every night until our offense clicks and our shots go off the way we want them to, ”said Casey. “I’m very proud of our rookies Saddiq and Isaiah (Stewart). They came in and changed the game with their defensive energy and presence. I can’t say enough about how well they played. “
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The Pistons were leading 55-40 at halftime and the Celtics narrowed the lead to 79-73 when Jayson Tatum (28 points) scored 10 direct points for Boston towards the end of the third half.
Bey finished the run with a 3-pointer, but the Celtics (3-3) kept the pressure up through the fourth quarter.
“He’s playing beyond his limits – I wouldn’t even call it a year. He’s very mature in his approach to the game, “said center Mason Plumlee.” It’s super stable. He does the recordings that are there and you feel like you are playing with a veteran when you play with him. “
Jaylen Brown (25 points) scored the first seven points of the quarter for Boston by an 80-78 lead, but Stewart shared two free throws and then finished a three-point game to regain the advantage.
The Celtics made a 13-5 run with a pair of 3-pointers from Tatum to take their greatest lead at that point, 93:88, at 4:15.
For the Pistons it was another déjà vu that lost another lead – but this time there was a turn. They regrouped, with a drive from Grant who later added two free throws to get within one. Rose ended up on the brink of a coast-to-coast drive to regain the 94-93 lead at 1:20 and the Pistons were given a defensive stop.
“It’s the learning experience of how hard you have to play. They won’t hold off their contacts every night, but the intensity you bring you can bring you every night, ”said Casey. “We need to keep building on what we’ve done. It’s a game, just like when you lose, it’s a game. There is a lot to learn and to build. “
The Pistons scored the last eight points of the game, keeping the Celtics goalless for the final at 4:15, with Tatum and Brown missing out on some candid glances on the edge.
“I think that was the way the basketball gods told us we’d better start the game,” said Brad Stevens, Celtics coach.
On the next possession, Bey made one of two free throws, two points 25.3 seconds ahead and the Celtics final possession. Plumlee held Marcus Smart for a hard shot and after he was fouled. Plumlee made one of two free throws.
Brown missed a possible 3-pointer on last possession in the last few seconds.