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Celtics beat Pistons, getting revenge for rare defeat

Celtics beat Pistons, getting revenge for rare defeat

After a weekend in which Chicago managed to snap a 10-game losing streak and hold on for a pair of closely contested wins, the heavy lifting continues on Monday when the Bulls host the Boston Celtics at the United Center. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 11 points and Aron Baynes snared a season-high 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who overcame a scoreless drought of more than six minutes in the fourth quarter. The Celtics weathered a late Pistons surge while Boston missed 12 straight shots, emerging on top while giving up season-low point total. The 28-year-old is averaging 12.1 points and 5.5 boards while making 41.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 32.8 percent of his long-distance tries and 84.4 percent of his foul shots this year.

He scored 16 points while power forward Al Horford had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Irving took a couple knees to the quad on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons, but the Celtics are likely just erring on the side of caution on the second night of a back-to-back in an easy matchup.

Baynes was primarily responsible for holding Pistons centre Andre Drummond to a season-low six points, 20 fewer than he had in the first meeting.

"The biggest thing in the overtime is we got stops", Oladipo said after the Pacers won their fourth straight. "Our offense wasn't as crisp tonight as we wanted it to be, but defensively we had a game plan and we stuck with it".




"We've been in a lot of tough games", Chicago guard Kris Dunn said Saturday. "We're trying to scratch at it". Last time, they really had whatever they wanted inside the paint.

In addition, Marcus Morris, as expected, will miss a second straight game with left knee maintenance, and Al Horford is being listed as questionable with a right knee contusion.

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks for the third time this season, hanging on for a 97-92 win in Minneapolis.

Boston leads the league in scoring defense this season, allowing only 96.9 points per game.


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