Celtics streak ends at eight in a row with loss to Detroit

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It had to end sooner or later. 

Saturday’s Boston-Detroit game was a streak-ender for both teams as the Celtics could not string together enough good plays at both ends of the floor, resulting in Boston losing 113-104.

Boston (18-11) came into the game with a league-best eight game winning streak while the victory for Detroit snapped a six-game losing skid for the Pistons. 

The Celtics fell behind by double digits in the third quarter before closing it out with a 7-0 spurt to come within 85-78 going into the fourth.

Boston fell behind big but mounted a mini-run of sorts about midway through the fourth.

But like most of Boston’s surges earlier in the night, the Pistons had an answer, doing just what they needed in order to get the win. 

Here are the Stars, Studs, and Duds from Saturday night’s game. 

STARS

Andre Drummond: The Boston Celtics once again had their share of problems dealing with Andre Drummond, proving to be too much for the Celtics around the basket before finishing with a double-double of 19 points and 20 rebounds for his 22nd double-double this season in addition to a late-game block (one of five on the game) of a Jayson Tatum dunk attempt that was arguably the biggest play of the game. 

Kyrie Irving: Like most games for the Boston Celtics, it was Kyrie Irving setting the tone from the outset. He led Boston with 26 points, nine of which came in the first quarter, along with grabbing eight rebounds for the game.

Blake Griffin: Reminding us that there’s more to his game than just dunking, Blake Griffin gave the Celtics fits both inside the paint as well as in the role as a play-maker. For the game, he had 27 points, six rebounds and six assists. 

STUDS

Marcus Smart: Boston was in catch-up mode most of the game. One of the few sparks came from Marcus Smart whose strong play near the end of the third quarter made it a single-digit game. Smart finished with a season-high 21 points.

Jose Calderon: His ability to come into the game and make plays not only for himself but his teammates, was a major factor in the game’s outcome. Calderon came off the bench and tallied five points to go with eight assists. 

Langston Galloway: He did a nice job of giving the Pistons a huge lift in the first half which is when he scored 10 of his 14 points. 

DUDS

Boston’s first-half defense: The Detroit Pistons spent most of the first half shooting around 60 percent from the field before settling in at 52.4 percent. The strong shooting was fueled in large part by Detroit’s ball movement which allowed them to have 22 made baskets on 16 assists.

Marcus Morris: As good as he has been this season, he’s more than due to have an off night shooting the ball. That was indeed the case for Morris who missed a number of uncontested jumpers before finishing with nine points on 3-for-10 shooting. 

Celtics bench: This was one of those nights when the starters needed some help and Boston’s bench just couldn’t step up to the challenge. They combined to score 21 points on a less-than-impressive 9-for-27 shooting from the field. 

Turnovers: It wasn’t so much the number of turnovers Boston committed, but how easily the Pistons transformed those miscues into points. Boston turned the ball over 14 times which Detroit converted into 24 points.

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