Celtics Clocked by Pistons

  • Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) tries to break free from Boston Celtics  forward Jeff Green (8) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Deng left the game after the play. The Bulls won 100-99 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) tries to break free from Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Deng left the game after the play. The Bulls won 100-99 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, left, is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum while going to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons won 103-88. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, left, is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum while going to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons won 103-88. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, left, is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum while going to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons won 103-88. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, left, is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum while going to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons won 103-88. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

  • Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) tries to break free from Boston Celtics  forward Jeff Green (8) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Deng left the game after the play. The Bulls won 100-99 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, left, is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum while going to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons won 103-88. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, left, is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum while going to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons won 103-88. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Rookie Andre Drummond had 16 points and seven rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons returned from Europe with a 103-88 victory over the Boston Celtics last night.

The Pistons lost to the New York Knicks in London on Thursday, but they didn’t look particularly weary in their first game back. Detroit blew an 18-point second-quarter lead before pulling away again in the second half. Boston never led.

Drummond went 5 of 6 from the field, repeatedly slipping free for dunks. He also made 6 of 8 free throws after entering the game shooting 39 percent from the line.

Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for Boston, and Rajon Rondo had eight points, 15 assists, nine rebounds and nine turnovers.

The Celtics wiped out an 18-point second-quarter lead before the first half even ended, but Detroit lead 52-48 after scoring the last four points before the break. It was a one-point game in the third before Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince made 3-pointers for the Pistons to make it 61-54.

Detroit led 70-58 before an 8-0 run by Boston. Drummond snapped that with a one-handed dunk on an alley-oop from fellow big man Greg Monroe. It was 81-71 after three.

Drummond’s dunk on an alley-oop from Bynum made it 89-73, and Boston’s earlier strategy — fouling Drummond to put him on the line — had already been foiled by the rookie’s rare free throw accuracy.

Monroe, Knight and Will Bynum scored 15 points apiece for Detroit. Courtney Lee had 16 for Boston, and Jeff Green added 15.

Celtics guard Avery Bradley was back after missing a game with a rib injury, but he scored only six points.

The Pistons arrived back from overseas around midday Friday, but they didn’t look particularly weary at the start of this one. Detroit scored the game’s first seven points and then went on a 9-0 run at the beginning of the second quarter to take a 36-18 lead.

Raptors 108, Lakers 103

Toronto — Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds Toronto sent Los Angeles to its fifth straight defeat.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Pau Gasol had 25 for the Lakers, whose road skid is their longest in six years. Dwight Howard was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 1:18 left in the first half. Jose Calderon had 22 points and nine assists while Ed Davis had 18 points and eight rebounds for Toronto. Alan Anderson added 14 points and eight assists as the Raptors ended a four-game losing streak against the Lakers.

Mavericks 111, Magic 105

Orlando, Fla. — Shawn Marion had 20 points, and O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter scored 15 apiece as Dallas fought off a late Orlando surge.

The Mavericks led by 13 in the fourth quarter, before the Magic pulled within a basket in the final minute.

Dallas earned its seventh straight road victory in its series against Orlando. The Mavericks now have five days off before hosting division-leader San Antonio on Friday.

Glen Davis led Orlando with 24 points, followed by Jameer Nelson with 20 and J. J. Redick’s 18.

The Magic have lost three of their last four games and also fell for the seventh straight time to an opponent with a sub-.500 record.

Thunder Coach Returns After Mother’s Death

Denver — Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks was on the bench leading his team in last night’s game against the Denver Nuggets one day after his 79-year-old mother’s death.

Brooks said in a statement that he decided to coach the game because that’s what he feels his mother, Lee Brooks, would have wanted.

“I appreciate the thoughts and prayers that are with my family,” Brooks said. “I know my mom would want me to coach tonight’s game and I do so to honor her memory and all that she meant to me as a mother and as an invaluable role model.”

There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Lee Brooks had continued operating a family-owned car wash business in Manteca, Calif. She raised Brooks and six siblings after his father left the family when Scott Brooks was still a toddler.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott and his family as they mourn the loss of his mother, Lee,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “Over the years we have come to learn of the tremendous woman that she was; her love and dedication to family, her work ethic, her perseverance and the impact that she had on Scott. Clearly she was an incredible individual who we all came to admire in getting a small glimpse of her life. The entire Thunder organization supports Scott during this very difficult time.”