Pistons beat Celtics 103-83 for first home victory

Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: November 18, 2012
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Rondo acknowledged that the end of the game had been a bit strange, but didn't feel bad about it.

"I don't think that much about the streak, but I know that down the road, it will be something that I'm very proud that I accomplished," he said. "People will probably talk about what happened tonight, but I don't know. I wasn't born when Magic had his streak, and I wasn't watching yet when Stockton had his. There might have been games when they stayed in with a 30-point lead to get their streak going, but there wasn't as much attention paid back then."

Frank laughed off the issue.

"I guess the basketball gods were on his side tonight," he said. "I wasn't worried. I just know he's a great basketball player."

The Celtics dominated early, but the effects of the schedule had a clear impact in the second period. Boston missed 12 of its first 16 shots in the quarter, and only a series of Detroit turnovers kept the Pistons' lead down to 48-43 at the half.

Things didn't get any better in the third quarter for Boston, as the Pistons kept up the defensive pressure. Detroit outscored them 23-14 in the period, as Boston shot just 31.3 percent and turned the ball over seven times.

"We were dead men walking," Rivers said. "That is what it felt like. Give Detroit credit, they played extremely hard, but we just had no legs."

NOTES: Garnett was matched up with Pistons rookie Andre Drummond for long periods in each half. When Garnett was drafted in 1995, Drummond was still a month short of his second birthday. ... Rondo wasn't the only Celtic struggling to get assists. The rest of Boston's team combined for just two... Rondo's last single-digit assist game was March 9 against Portland.