Pistons 98, Celtics 88; Rajon Rondo's Career Game Wasted In Bitter Loss

Rajon Rondo was great. Unfortunately, his Boston Celtics teammates were not. Rondo had a career-high 35 points, but Ben Gordon and the Detroit Pistons powered past the C's, 98-88, on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Ben Wallace Reflects On Storied Career, Landscape Of The NBA

Ben Wallace has been playing professional basketball for a long time. During his storied career, Wallace has seen and done a lot, making him a wealth of hoops knowledge, and he reflected on his career and the landscape of the league.

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Celtics Vs. Pistons: Ben Gordon Turns Back Clock To '09 Playoffs

BOSTON - Ben Gordon was once considered a top-tier guard during his days with the Chicago Bulls, but ever since he jumped ship and joined the Detroit Pistons, things haven't been going his way.

Gordon entered Wednesday's tilt against the Boston Celtics averaging 13.7 points while shooting just 43 percent (and to make matters worse, he has been relegated to bench duty). That didn't stop the former Bull from turning back the clock.

In a performance somewhat similar to his 42-point thrashing of the Celtics in Game 2 of the first round series between the Celtics and Bulls back in 2009, Gordon caught fire down the stretch and nailed three after three to bury the heartless C's.

"Have some good history here," said Gordon, who finished with 22 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown. "We didn't win the series, but it was the most memorable series that I've ever played in and a lot people have watched. So it's always good to come here and get a win."

It wasn't looking like the Pistons would win as handily as they did at the midway point of the game, but a 31-14 run to clos out the game sealed the deal for Detroit. Gordon had 14 points in the second half, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.

"You know the crowd is always bickering, that fans are always saying whatever they have to say so it's extra special on the road, but we'll take those wins anywhere," Gordon said. "On the road there's a lot more satisfaction."

Obviously, the Celtics didn't remember how dangerous Gordon can be. Well, they do now.

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Pistons 98, Celtics 88: Rajon Rondo's Effort Wasted In Bitter Loss

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo was on top of his game Wednesday night. Unfortunately, his Boston Celtics teammates were not. Rondo's terrific effort alone (he had a career-high 35 points) was not enough to power his team as the Detroit Pistons marched into TD Garden and outplayed the C's down the stretch to claim a 98-88 win on Wednesday.

"I just was a little more aggressive," said Rondo about his game and the lack of Kevin Garnett. "I just hit the shots ... when I was open. I made some, I missed some."

Rondo made a Celtic season high 15-of-27 field goals and also had six assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes. Rondo has been playing MVP-caliber basketball as of late, and he is coming off a triple-double (32 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds) in the team's win over Chicago last Sunday.

Chris Wilcox played his best game with the team, tallying 17 points and nine rebounds while finishing off a couple alley-oops and missed shots from Rondo. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were relatively mediocre, scoring 10 points a piece. JaJuan Johnson continued his streak of productive games, collecting 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

"It was a disappointing loss to a team I think we should beat," Pierce noted after the game. "The defense let us down and we couldn't consistently get stops. [We] consistently let the driving lane open on the inside. The defense wasn't there tonight."

Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 25 points and was a blistering 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Ben Gordon, who burned the Celtics or 42 points in a playoff game back in 2009, hit a similar stride in the fourth quarter from long range and had 22 points. Greg Monroe continued his All-Star caliber play, finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds.

"I really thought it was a total team win," said Pistons head coach and former Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank. "There were so many things that went on throughout the game, we got great production from everybody who played."

A poor beginning doomed Boston, as Detroit jumped ahead by eight points, 10-2. Although they would recover and take the lead back at several points, they never fully recovered. Detroit used a 20-4 run to take control of the game in the third quarter, and the Celtics came out flat in the final frame. Rondo was even flat, scoring just four points in the fourth.

"The main thing is our record is 1-1 these last two games" Rondo said. "We didn't get off to a great start in the fourth quarter, and we weren't able to shut them off after that."

Rondo and the Celtics will have a chance to rebound against a tough team, the Chicago Bulls, on Thursday night. While past wins don't guarantee victories, Boston is coming off of a 95-91 win over Chicago on Sunday. Granted, the Bulls were without reigning league MVP Derrick Rose, but the Celtics definitely built some confidence after that win.


Final - 2.15.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Detroit Pistons 26 21 26 25 98
Boston Celtics 28 21 23 16 88

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Celtics Vs. Pistons Halftime Score: Team Rondo Leads Detroit, 49-47

BOSTON - It was Rajon Rondo and everybody else in the first half. Rondo finished with 19 points through 24 minutes to lead the Boston Celtics to a 49-47 lead over the Detroit Pistons through two quarters on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Chris Wilcox, starting in place of an injured Kevin Garnett, provided a nice boost in the half with 10 points and four rebounds. Ray Allen scored eight, JaJuan Johnson added six points and Keyon Dooling had two points off the bench.

Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 15 first-half points. Tayshaun Prince scored eight early points, Greg Monroe had six points and ben Gordon added eight points off the bench.

Boston shot 47 percent while Detroit shot 43 percent from the floor in the opening half.



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Celtics Vs. Pistons: Pietrus, O'Neal In; Garnett Is Still Questionable

BOSTON - Injuries have hampered the Boston Celtics in the last few months, but the team delivered some good news on Wednesday night when Celtics head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that Mickael Pietrus and Jermaine O'Neal will play against the Detroit Pistons.

However, there is still some bad news. Kevin Garnett (hip flexor) is still a game-time decision for Wednesday's game. Brandon Bass, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, will also be out for the Celtics.

One of the topics during Rivers' pregame chat with the media was, of course, Jeremy Lin. Rivers had some interesting takes on Lin, and you can hear it in his pregame press conference by clicking on the link below. Also, former Celtics assistant and current Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank spoke with the media. His audio can be heard below.

AUDIO: Celtics' Doc Rivers Pregame Interview (2-15-12)

AUDIO: Lawrence Frank Pregame Interview (2-15-12)



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Kevin Garnett Injury Update: Garnett Now 'Probable'; Mickael Pietrus, Jermaine O'Neal Likely

Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett participated in the team's Wednesday morning shoot-around and has been upgraded from doubtful to probable for Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Garnett missed Tuesday's practice with a hip flexor that Doc Rivers said was not serious, and trainer Ed Lacerte initially suggested to Rivers that Garnett could miss two to three days.

Mickael Pietrus (knee) likewise returned to the court for shoot-around after missing Tuesday's practice. Pietrus, who had been doubtful for Wednesday, said "of course" he's going to play. But Rivers did not seem quite so positive.

Jermaine O'Neal also called himself good to go for Wednesday. The center (sore shoulder) missed Sunday's home victory against the Chicago Bulls, but returned to practice Tuesday. Though admitting Tuesday he is not yet 100 percent, O'Neal noted that players have to play through injuries, especially during this condensed season.

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Celtics Vs. Pistons: Ray Allen, Boston Takes On Toiling Detroit

Ray Allen and the upward trending Boston Celtics (15-12) play host to the toiling Detroit Pistons (8-22) as they look to build a new winning streak at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA (TV/Radio: CNS/WEEI).

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