Boston 109, Detroit 86: Celtics Cruise Past Pistons

Kevin Garnett scored 22 points, Paul Pierce added 21 points and Ray Allen totaled 16 points as the Celtics cruised past the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday night. Read more on CelticsBlog and Detroit Bad Boys.

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Boston 109, Detroit 86: Kevin Garnett, Celtics Cruise Past Pistons

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett finished with 22 points on 9-of-12 from the field and Paul Pierce chipped in 21 points as the Boston Celtics scored a convincing 109-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Ray Allen had 16 points and Rajon Rondo finished with nine points and 17 assists to lead the Celtics to their first road victory of the season in two tries.

Jermaine O'Neal added 12 points in a starting role for Boston.

Charlie Villanueva finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Austin Daye added 16 points for the Pistons, who have started the season 0-4, their worst record since they began the 1999-00 season at 0-5.

Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon had 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Pistons, who had won 11 of the teams' last 16 meetings in Detroit.

The Celtics, who never trailed, led by as many as 23 in the contest and shot 42-of-81 from the field. The Boston defense had an impressive night, forcing the Pistons into 17 turnovers and converting on 7-of-9 fast break opportunities.

Boston was perfect from the free throw line, 18-of-18, and shot 33.3 percent from three-point range.

The Celtics began the game on a 16-5 run and led 31-26 after 12 minutes of play. Garnett had 10 points in the opening quarter.

Rondo hit a deep three as time expired in the second to give the Celtics a 57-44 lead going into the locker room. He had nine points and nine assists in the first half.

Boston extended their lead to 88-68 going into the final stanza. Pierce had 12 points in the third, and the Celtics shot 12-of-17 from the field in the quarter.

The outcome was never in doubt in the fourth.

Boston won last year's series, 2-1...The Pistons were without the services of Richard Hamilton, who is dealing with an ankle injury...Tayshaun Prince added 10 points on 4-of-8 from the field for Detroit...The Celtics led for at 48 minutes of the contest...Detroit's Tracy McGrady left the game in the first half with a sore left knee and did not return...Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal did not travel with the team as he recovers from a bruised right knee he suffered during on October 29.


Shaquille O'Neal Will Not Play Tuesday Against Pistons

Boston center Shaquille O'Neal will not play on Tuesday night when the Celtics face the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills (7:30 p.m. ET, TV/Radio: CSNNE/WEEI).

O'Neal, who is battling a right knee bruise, missed practice on Monday. However, he did travel with the team to Detroit, according to ESPN Boston.

"I doubt if he plays, but we'll see," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, via

In his place, Rivers will most likely start veteran Jermaine O'Neal for the first time this season. O'Neal missed a significant part of training camp while battling a left hamstring injury. Recently, he has been bothered by a sore left knee.

"I'm going to play whatever Doc wants me to play," said Jermaine O'Neal, via "I haven't been able to get a lot of minutes in the preseason and I'm not playing a lot so far in the regular season, so I am a little itchy. But it's a long season and that's something we talk a lot about here, it's not about how you do at the beginning of the year."

In two games this season, Jermaine O'Neal has scored three points and grabbed four rebounds in 25 minutes.


Boston (2-1) At Detroit (0-3): Celtics Shoot For Third Win Against Pistons

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons haven't started a season 0-4 since the 1999-00 campaign and are on the verge of matching that mark tonight with the Boston Celtics in town.

The Pistons lost by three points at New Jersey to kick off the season and dropped a one-point decision to Oklahoma City. They are coming off Saturday's 101-91 setback at Chicago in which reserve Ben Gordon poured in 21 points -- all in the first half -- and Rodney Stuckey added 18 points.

Tayshaun Prince was the only other scorer in double figures with 15 points and Ben Wallace grabbed 13 rebounds for Detroit, which shot 37.8 percent for the game. Detroit was also outrebounded by a 51-44 margin.

"There were two different teams out there," said Pistons head coach John Kuester. "In the first half we were outstanding, we were sharing the basketball, playing together, making shots. Second half we played like strangers, and that's what hurt us."

Detroit was outscored 34-9 in the fourth quarter. In injury news for the Pistons, guard Richard Hamilton (foot) and forward Charlie Villanueva (ankle) are listed as questionable for tonight. Guard Will Bynum (hamstring) is expected to miss the game.

The last time the Celtics hit the road they were left scratching their heads following a loss at Cleveland. They were coming off a big win at home over Miami to kick off the 2010-11 campaign, but suffered a 95-87 loss to the Cavaliers last Wednesday.

Boston, however, got back into the win column with Friday's 105-101 defeat of the Atlantic Division-rival New York Knicks in Beantown. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, for the Celtics, who had a 54-38 advantage on the glass. Pierce grabbed 14 rebounds and Garnett added 10, while Rajon Rondo posted a triple-double with 10 points, 10 boards and 24 assists. The 24 assists were four shy of Bob Cousy's franchise record from 1959 and Rondo posted his fifth career triple-double.

"Stats are one thing but the influence and how he controls the game is another," Garnett said of Rondo. "There's very few in the game that can do it. He's a special player, man."

Shaquille O'Neal is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game with a bruised right knee suffered in Friday's win over the Knicks. He had 10 points and seven rebounds in the game. Jermaine O'Neal (knee) is probable for tonight.

Boston took two of three meetings with Detroit a year ago and has won seven of the last nine encounters. The Celtics, however, have dropped 11 of their last 16 trips to The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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