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Pistons beat Celtics 87-77

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm •  Published: November 3, 2013
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Brad Stevens' third game with the Boston Celtics was just like his first two.

Jennings had 14 points and four steals in 31 minutes and Andre Drummond and Josh Smith added 15 points each to help the Pistons keep the Celtics and their first-year coach winless with an 87-77 victory.

"I'm ready to play now," Jennings said after missing the team's first two games and most of the preseason with a jaw fracture related to a wisdom tooth.

The Pistons (2-1) trailed 65-63 early in the fourth quarter but went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good and win their second home game in as many tries. Drummond added 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double and Greg Monroe grabbed 10.

Jennings had two steals after the Celtics cut the lead to 79-77 with less than 2 minutes to play. He got the first steal to Rodney Stuckey, who was fouled and made two free throws to give the Pistons some breathing room. Detroit held Boston scoreless the rest of the way.

"It was good to see him out there and the effect he can have on the team," coach Maurice Cheeks said of Jennings. "He brings a little electricity to a game."

Rookie Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points and Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford added 13 each for the Celtics (0-3).

"We had stretches where we played well defensively," Olynyk said, "but there were too many times when they got away with a couple of big runs."

The Pistons outscored the Celtics 10-5 in the last 5 minutes of the first half and took a 45-35 lead. Boston made just five field goals in the second quarter and had that many turnovers.

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