Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics took some extra satisfaction from defeating the slumping Detroit Pistons on the road.
The Celtics allowed a season-high 118 points in a home loss to the Pistons on Nov. 27. By clogging the lane, Boston flipped the script on Sunday. It held the Pistons to season lows in points and field-goal percentage in a 91-81 victory at Little Caesars Arena.
Boston (23-5), which has won five of its last six, was coming off a three-point road loss at San Antonio on Friday.
Power forward Al Horford stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Irving tossed in 16 points while Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown had 12 apiece for Boston. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 11 points and Aron Baynes snared a season-high 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who overcame a scoreless drought of more than six minutes in the fourth quarter.
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