sunny.png
Tuesday October 26th, 2021 2:54PM

Tatum lifts Celtics past Pistons for weekend split

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

DETROIT (AP) — Jayson Tatum hit a fallaway as Blake Griffin stumbled with 2.9 seconds left, then tied up the Detroit veteran on the other end to help the Boston Celtics beat the Pistons 122-120 on Sunday for a weekend split.

Jaylen Brown led Boston with 31 points. He hit a late 3-pointer and was 13 of 16 from the field, two nights after his late miss sealed a loss in the opener in Detroit.

“We haven’t been good, especially down the stretch, executing-wise,” said Marcus Smart, who added 17 points and eight assists. “We got to our spots, we got the ball where we wanted it, and those two players made great shots and great reads. They won us the game.”

Tatum had 24 points and 12 assists for Boston. The Celtics shot a season-best 57%.

“It seems like they made every shot, especially Brown,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I want to see how many teams do a good job on Jaylen Brown and Tatum. They’re probably two of the most dynamic players I’ve seen in a while.”

Jerami Grant scored 22 points for the Pistons, his career-best fifth straight game with at least 20. Svi Mykhailiuk had 15 points despite not entering the game until under four minutes left in the third quarter.

Semi Ojeleye hit three 3-pointers in less than five minutes to open the fourth quarter for Boston. Sekou Doumbouya and Mykhailiuk responded with back-to-back 3s to give Detroit a 108-106 lead with 6:01 left.

Mykhailiuk scored eight straight Detroit points, and the Pistons took a 118-117 lead on Mason Plumlee’s free throws with 42.2 seconds left. That set up Brown’s 3-pointer with 34.0 seconds to go, and Grant made two free throws 12 seconds later to tie it at 120.

On Friday night, Detroit beat Boston 96-93 for its only victory of the season, with the Celtics missing their final 10 shots and going scoreless for the final 4:15.

TIP-INS

Celtics: This was Boston’s second pair of consecutive games against the same opponent in the same city this season, and second split of those games. The format is new to the NBA schedule this year. The Celtics also split with Indiana. … The Celtics did not attempt a free throw in the first half.

Pistons: Josh Jackson went down with a right lower-leg injury early in the third quarter when he was fouled on a transition layup. He made the shot and the subsequent free throw, but was taken out of the game and did not return. Casey did not have an update after the game. … Griffin returned for the Pistons after missing a game in the NBA’s concussion protocol. … Griffin, Jackson and Plumlee had 13 points apiece.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Vs. Toronto in Tampa, Florida, on Monday night.

Pistons: At Milwaukee on Monday and Wednesday nights.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Packers half away from clinching NFC's top seed
The Green Bay Packers are a half away from clinching the NFC’s No. 1 seed and a bye week for the playoffs
5:59PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Ravens clinch playoff spot with 38-3 rout of Bengals
Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff spot with a 38-3 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals
5:53PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Tatum lifts Celtics past Pistons for weekend split
Jayson Tatum hit a fallaway as Blake Griffin stumbled with 2.9 seconds left, then tied up the Detroit veteran on the other end to help the Boston Celtics beat the Pistons 122-120 on Sunday for a weekend split
5:52PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Packers set NFL mark for 2nd quarter scoring
The Green Bay Packers have set an NFL season record for second-quarter points
5:13PM ( 56 minutes ago )
'You'll Never Walk Alone:' Singer Gerry Marsden dies at 78
Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the 1960s British group Gerry and the Pacemakers that had such hits as “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and the song that became the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” has died
4:59PM ( 1 hour ago )
Browns end playoff drought, survive late Steelers rally
The Cleveland Browns are back in the playoffs
4:58PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Sexton, Drummond pace Cavs' rally in win over Hawks
Collin Sexton scored 27 points, Andre Drummond had 12 points and 11 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers wiped out a 15-point deficit in the third quarter and beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-91
11:14PM ( 18 hours ago )
Alabama stuns No. 7 Tennessee 71-63 in physical battle
John Petty hit three critical 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, leading Alabama to a stunning victory over No. 7 Tennessee 71-63
8:28PM ( 21 hours ago )
No. 10 Iowa wins 77-75 as free throws cost No. 14 Rutgers
Luka Garza had 25 points to lead No. 10 Iowa past No. 14 Rutgers 77-75
5:53PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Basketball
Chris Paul helps Suns hold off Nuggets, improve to 5-1
Chris Paul hit a clutch jumper with 7.3 seconds remaining after a successful coach’s challenge on the other end and the Phoenix Suns moved to an NBA-best 5-1 by holding off the scuffling Denver Nuggets 106-103 on Friday night
1:06AM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Duke-Florida State basketball game postponed
Hours after No. 20 Duke said coach Mike Krzyzewski would sit out Saturday against No. 18 Florida State on Saturday after coming into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19
11:53PM ( 1 day ago )
Hunter, Young lead Hawks to 114-96 win over Nets
De’Andre Hunter scored 23 points help the Atlanta Hawks to a 114-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets
11:25PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - NBA
The Latest: Packers half away from clinching NFC's top seed
The Green Bay Packers are a half away from clinching the NFC’s No. 1 seed and a bye week for the playoffs
5:59PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Ravens clinch playoff spot with 38-3 rout of Bengals
Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff spot with a 38-3 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals
5:53PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Republicans condemn GOP 'scheme' to undo election for Trump
The extraordinary Republican effort to overturn the presidential election is being condemned by an outpouring of current and former GOP officials
5:47PM ( 22 minutes ago )
Pelosi narrowly reelected speaker, faces difficult 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has retained her hold on the House’s top job
5:38PM ( 31 minutes ago )
The Latest: Nancy Pelosi reelected speaker of the House
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has retained her hold on the House’s top job
5:28PM ( 41 minutes ago )