Game Recap: Pistons win consecutive road games, upset Celtics 121-114
Tonight, the Detroit Pistons (10-10) played their best game of the year defeating the Boston Celtics (10-8) 121-114.
It was the battle of the “little guys” as Isaiah Thomas (27pts, 4ast) and Ish Smith (19pts, 8ast, 8reb) both dominated offensively. Andre Drummond was not affected by the back-to-back (thanks to last night’s early ejection) as he posted a monster double-double (20pts, 17reb). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dropped a team-high 25 points.
As a team, the Pistons outshot (55.2% vs 44.0%), outrebounded (52 vs 33), and passed better (28-26) than the Celtics. The Pistons also blocked 8 shots. Overall, Detroit had an amazing night.
Coach Stan Van Gundy addressed the media after the game:
“It’s good, coming in with the problems that we have had on the road, to play the way we have the last two nights against two teams that are over .500 and have good personnel,” and “they have virtually their entire roster and we were on a back-to-back. That was a hell of a win.”
All night, the Celtics lived from the three-point line, attempting 42 shots from behind the arc. Isaiah Thomas dominated the Pistons by pushing the tempo and running the pick-and-roll to perfection. Kelly Olynyk benefited the most from Thomas’ aggressiveness. Olynyk poured in 19 points (4-5fg, 2-2 3pt) by stretching the floor and keeping Drummond off balance with pump fakes.