Pistons endure Drummond foul trouble, beat Celtics
BOSTON – Reggie Jackson scored nine of his 24 points in the final quarter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 20 and the Detroit Pistons rallied for a 99-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
Andre Drummond was in early foul trouble and had an off night for the Pistons, scoring 13 points and grabbing five rebounds.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 22 points, scoring their final 15 over the last 7:24 after missing 14 of his first 15 shots.
The Pistons trailed by nine entering the fourth, but opened by scoring 13 of the initial 17 points, tying it on Drummond's spinning power drive.
Boston led 55-48 at halftime and pushed it to 13 midway through the third before ending the quarter with a 75-66 edge despite shooting only 22.7 percent (5-for-22) in the period.
Coming off a season-high 26-point victory at home against Orlando on Monday, Detroit looked sluggish in the first half — mainly because Drummond was in early foul trouble. He picked up his third foul early in the second quarter and had only two points at halftime.
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•HOMELY AT HOME: Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Nets 91-74 to hand them their eighth consecutive home loss. The Nets haven't won at Barclays Center since beating Philadelphia on Dec. 10.