Late 3-Pointer Helps Pistons Hold Off Celtics
Boston — Brandon Jennings scored 28 points, making a key 3-pointer with 46.7 seconds left, and matched his season high with 14 assists Wednesday night as the Detroit Pistons held on for a 107-106 win over the Boston Celtics.
Andre Drummond scored 14 points with 16 rebounds and Josh Smith added 20 points for the Pistons, who won for the seventh time in 11 games. It was the Pistons’ sixth road win in their past seven.
Jared Sullinger scored 19 points, Jordan Crawford had 17, Avery Bradley 14 and Jeff Green 13 for Boston, which lost for just the third time in nine games.
Green missed a driving one-hander wildly just before the horn sounded.
The Pistons held a seven-point lead after Smith’s basket with 2:56 to play before Boston scored the next eight points, with Sullinger’s 3-pointer from the top capping the spree with 61 seconds left.
Jennings then made a 3-pointer over Bradley 14 seconds later. On Boston’s next possession, Sullinger was fouled, hit the first free throw, but missed the second and Boston trailed 107-106 with 41.5 seconds left.
Jennings missed a long jumper and Drummond failed to convert the put-back attempt and Sullinger grabbed the rebound, setting Boston’s final shot.
After shooting 61.5 percent (24 of 39) in the first half, Boston hit just seven of 24 attempts (29.2) in the third as the Pistons closed it to 81-80 after three.
The Celtics held a 63-52 halftime edge.
Notes: Trade rumors were circling around the Celtics the past two days with forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and injured guard Rajon Rondo being mentioned. ... Boston F Gerald Wallace arrived in the locker room about 90 minutes before tip-off and talked about how his approximately 10-mile commute took an hour and a half.