Pistons 96, Celtics 81: Greg Monroe, Detroit Hand Boston Third Straight Loss

On Sunday night, the Boston Celtics struggles continued as they dropped their third straight game at the hands of Greg Monroe (17 points, 10 rebounds) and the Detroit Pistons, 96-81, at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Rajon Rondo Suspended Two Games For Tossing Ball At Referee

Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics has been suspended two games without pay for throwing a ball at an official and striking him in the chest during yesterday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Rondo threw the ball at official Sean Wright in the third quarter of the game. Rondo was visibly frustrated about the lack of a foul call after he drove to the basket. The Celtics guard was assessed two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. Rondo now has seven technical fouls on the season. However, the ejection was the first of Rondo's NBA career.

Rondo will miss Celtics road games against the Dallas Mavericks (Feb. 20) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Feb. 22).

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VIDEO: Celtics' Rajon Rondo Ejected For Throwing Ball At Referee

Rajon Rondo let his emotions fly free in Sunday night's debilitating loss to the Detroit Pistons, throwing a basketball at a referee following a non-call under the basket late in the third quarter. Rondo received a double technical foul for his actions, resulting in his ejection. Rondo will likely face a fine, a suspension or both as a result of the incident.

Rondo finished the game with five points on 1-of-6 shooting but had 10 assists in 28 minutes for Boston, which fell for the second time in less than a week to the lowly Pistons, 96-81, in Auburn Hills, MI. The Celtics were shooting nearly 60 percent after the first quarter, but the score was tied at 26. Boston was outscored 29-16 in the second quarter and was never able to recover. The Celtics next play on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, and they will likely be without Rondo's services.

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Celtics Vs. Pistons Final Score: Boston Falls 96-81 To Detroit

The Boston Celtics simply could not keep the Detroit Pistons off of the free throw line on Sunday night. Detroit went to the line 46 times for the game, which they converted into 29 points on their way to a 96-81 win. The loss was the Celtics' third straight and fifth in their last six games, putting them back at .500 on the season.

The Celtics made it to the charity stripe just 15 times by comparison. Perhaps even more discouraging were the turnovers. Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce committed five and six, respectively, and Boston gave up the ball 22 times total. 13 came off steals by the Pistons, including four by Rodney Stuckey.

The Pistons guard had 16 points on the night, going 12-for-15 from the free throw line. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 17 points on 8-for-19 from the field. He and Jason Maxiell had 10 rebounds each. Pierce led the Celtics with 18 points. Ray Allen and Chris Wilcox were the only other Celtics players to hit double digits, as Rondo went 1-for-6 from the field for two of his five points on the night.


Final - 2.19.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 26 16 19 20 81
Detroit Pistons 26 29 20 21 96

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Celtics Vs. Pistons, Third Quarter Score: Detroit Pushes Lead To 75-61 Over Boston

The Boston Celtics could not chip away at the Detroit Pistons halftime lead after a quarter. Detroit shot just 3-for-13 for the quarter, but the Celtics sent them to the line early and often. For the game, the Pistons own a 40-14 advantage in free throw attempts.

Boston has struggled mightily to keep Rodney Stuckey off the charity stripe. Coming off a 36-point performance against the Sacramento Kings, the fifth-year guard has 14 points on the night, 10 of which have come from the line. Greg Monroe leads the Pistons with 15 points. He would have more, but he is just 1-for-7 on his free throw attempts.

The Pistons continue to win the turnover battle as well. Rajon Rondo has bee forced into six on his own, and the team has committed 20 total compared to just 12 for Detroit. Paul Pierce now leads the Celtics with 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting.

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Celtics Vs. Pistons, Halftime Score: Boston Trails 55-42

The Boston Celtics trail the Detroit Pistons, 55-42, at halftime from the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday.

After a close first quarter which ended tied at 26, the Pistons started to pull away in the second quarter. Boston's poor shooting at the end of the first quarter carried over into the second frame. However, a hot start in the first quarter (9-12) has Boston shooting 50% at the break (16-32). The Pistons have been held to just 39.5% shooting during the contest but hold the double-digit lead because they are completely dominating the turnover battle and free throw attempts. Boston's 13 turnovers have killed their chances so far, though the majority of them came in the second quarter. Through two quarters, Detroit holds a 29-10 lead in free throw attempts and have a 9-point lead at the free throw line.

Chris Wilcox is leading Boston with 12 points at the half. Paul Pierce chipped in 10 points (7 in the first quarter). Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince are leading Detroit with 13 and 10 points at the half, respectively.

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Celtics Vs. Pistons, First Quarter Score: Boston, Detroit Tied At 26

The Boston Celtics are tied with the Detroit Pistons, 26-26, after the first quarter at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday.

Boston shot the lights out through most of the first quarter (starting 9-12 from the field) before going cold right at the end. Detroit only shot 8-21 from the field but a big advantage at the charity stripe allowed them to keep it close. The Pistons made 8-13 from the free throw line while Boston only had four total free throw attempts. The rebounding battle and turnover battle was nearly tied after the first quarter.

Boston was led by 7 points from Paul Pierce in the quarter. Chris Wilcox and Jermaine O'Neal each chipped in six points for the Celtics. Detroit was led by 10 points from Rodney Stuckey, who hit 6-7 from the free throw line.

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Celtics Vs. Pistons: Boston Seeks Revenge Against Lowly Detroit

Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics (15-14) seek revenge for Wednesday's loss to Greg Monroe and the Detroit Pistons (10-22) when the two teams meet at 6 p.m. EDT on Sunday night in Auburn Hills, MI (TV/Radio: CSN/WEEI).

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