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Celtics rally in 2nd half to end Pistons' win streak 118-110

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics haven't played as well as they've expected at times this season.

They're hoping the games they've put together over the last six weeks are a sign of better things to come after the All-Star break.

Jayson Tatum scored 19 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 18 to help the Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Wednesday night.

Hayward added eight assists and five rebounds in his first start since Dec. 21. Al Horford finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Jaylen Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Celtics have won seven out of their last nine. The loss ended the Pistons' four-game win streak.

Coach Brad Stevens said he liked the way his team gutted things out coming off a close win over the 76ers on Tuesday.

''This was a good two days for this group,'' Stevens said. ''I thought it showed a lot of good character and hopefully we can enjoy the rest.''

After trailing by 11 in the first half, Boston outscored Detroit 34-20 in the third quarter and led by as many as 28 in the fourth.

Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving sat for the second straight game with a strained right knee, and Terry Rozier was also sidelined with an illness.

Stevens adjusted to their absences by starting Smart and Tatum in the backcourt and rounded out his lineup with Hayward, Horford and Marcus Morris.

It was another strong showing for Hayward, who now has scored 15 or more points in four of his last five games. He had only 10 such games in his first 48 games this season. Over his last five outings Hayward has averaged 17 points on 61 percent shooting (9 of 18 on 3-pointers), 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

''It was good the way we ended going into the break,'' Hayward said. ''It definitely builds some momentum.''

Blake Griffin led Detroit with 32 points and eight rebounds. Andre Drummond added 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Despite the loss, Drummond said he is also encouraged.

''This past week, week and a half, I think we played really, really good basketball,'' he said. ''We set a goal to go 5-2 and we succeeded with that. ... Got a week off, take a break, come back and it's off to the races from there.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Were just 5 of 19 from the field (26 percent) and 2 for 9 (22 percent) from 3-point range in third quarter.

Celtics: Improved to 9-2 this season without Irving. . Rookie Robert Williams (illness) also sat along with Aron Baynes (left foot contusion). . Smart's 3-pointer early in the third quarter ended his 0-for-20 slump from beyond the arc.

`GREAT ACTOR'

Horford and Griffin made contact going for a loose ball near the sideline late in the fourth quarter. Following a video review by officials, Horford was called for a flagrant foul. Asked about the play after the game, Horford rolled his eyes and smiled.

''Blake is a great actor,'' Horford said. ''I was going for the ball, and he sold it well. So, yeah, I don't think that was a flagrant foul.''

RUN TIME

The Celtics were energized early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. But Detroit negated it, responding with a 24-5 run to nudge back in front as Boston relied heavily on jump shots and went through a nearly five-minute scoring drought.

The Celtics settled down, ending the opening period on a 15-5 run. Boston controlled the pace in the second quarter and led 57-52 at the half.

IRVING UPDATE

Stevens said Irving's status is officially ''day-to-day,'' but that he could theoretically be cleared to play if the Celtics had a game scheduled for Friday or Saturday. As far as Irving's availability for the All-Star Game, Stevens said he should only suit up if his knee is completely healthy.

''If there's any issues at all and he's not 110 percent, I would not play,'' Stevens said.

UP NEXT

The Pistons play Feb. 22 at Atlanta.

The Celtics return to action Feb. 21, beginning a three-game trip at Milwaukee.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Blake Griffin made driving layup 0:11
+ 1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 1 Gordon Hayward made 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 3 Wayne Ellington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luke Kennard 0:20
+ 1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:25
  Personal foul on Blake Griffin 0:25
  Personal foul on Andre Drummond 0:34
+ 1 Blake Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:36
+ 1 Blake Griffin made 1st of 2 free throws 0:36
  Personal foul on Gordon Hayward 0:36
  Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
Team Stats
Points 110 118
Field Goals 36-84 (42.9%) 45-88 (51.1%)
3-Pointers 13-40 (32.5%) 16-39 (41.0%)
Free Throws 25-34 (73.5%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 49 54
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 31 37
Team 8 7
Assists 19 32
Steals 7 8
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 11 16
Fouls 18 23
Technicals 0 2
32 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 14 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Pistons 26-30 29232038110
home team logo Celtics 37-21 28293427118
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 26-30 106.6 PPG 45.5 RPG 22.3 APG
home team logo Celtics 37-21 113.0 PPG 45.1 RPG 26.4 APG
Key Players
B. Griffin PF 26.3 PPG 8.1 RPG 5.4 APG 47.9 FG%
J. Tatum SF 16.5 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.9 APG 45.3 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Griffin PF 32 PTS 8 REB 5 AST
J. Tatum SF 19 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
42.9 FG% 51.1
32.5 3PT FG% 41.0
73.5 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 32 8 5 10/19 4/8 8/12 2 36 0 0 2 3 5 +1 48
A. Drummond 21 17 0 8/14 0/0 5/8 5 34 4 0 2 4 13 +1 40
R. Jackson 18 2 3 5/11 3/6 5/6 2 31 0 0 3 0 2 +16 23
L. Kennard 11 3 5 4/10 2/6 1/2 2 36 1 0 0 0 3 +11 25
B. Brown 3 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 0 1 -7 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 32 8 5 10/19 4/8 8/12 2 36 0 0 2 3 5 +1 48
A. Drummond 21 17 0 8/14 0/0 5/8 5 34 4 0 2 4 13 +1 40
R. Jackson 18 2 3 5/11 3/6 5/6 2 31 0 0 3 0 2 +16 23
L. Kennard 11 3 5 4/10 2/6 1/2 2 36 1 0 0 0 3 +11 25
B. Brown 3 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 0 1 -7 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
W. Ellington 13 1 1 5/12 3/10 0/0 3 33 2 0 0 0 1 -3 18
T. Maker 6 3 1 1/7 0/5 4/4 1 19 0 1 1 2 1 -13 11
Z. Pachulia 4 2 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 5 0 0 1 0 2 -5 5
I. Smith 2 4 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 18 0 0 1 1 3 -22 11
L. Galloway 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 -19 0
K. Lucas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mykhailiuk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Calderon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 41 19 36/84 13/40 25/34 18 235 7 1 11 10 31 -40 186
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Tatum 19 4 4 8/18 3/8 0/0 2 33 2 0 3 1 3 +13 30
G. Hayward 18 5 8 5/8 1/3 7/8 4 34 1 0 2 0 5 +2 38
A. Horford 17 14 8 6/12 3/5 2/2 1 31 1 0 0 3 11 +26 48
M. Smart 16 3 5 6/11 4/9 0/0 4 31 2 1 6 1 2 -5 26
M. Morris 11 6 1 5/12 1/4 0/1 2 29 0 0 3 3 3 -13 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Tatum 19 4 4 8/18 3/8 0/0 2 33 2 0 3 1 3 +13 30
G. Hayward 18 5 8 5/8 1/3 7/8 4 34 1 0 2 0 5 +2 38
A. Horford 17 14 8 6/12 3/5 2/2 1 31 1 0 0 3 11 +26 48
M. Smart 16 3 5 6/11 4/9 0/0 4 31 2 1 6 1 2 -5 26
M. Morris 11 6 1 5/12 1/4 0/1 2 29 0 0 3 3 3 -13 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brown 17 7 0 8/15 1/4 0/0 3 29 2 0 1 0 7 +7 25
S. Ojeleye 9 3 2 3/4 2/3 1/2 2 19 0 0 0 1 2 +19 16
D. Theis 6 3 2 2/6 0/2 2/2 3 17 0 1 0 1 2 -16 14
B. Wanamaker 5 2 2 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 0 2 +7 10
K. Irving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Baynes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Rozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 118 47 32 45/88 16/39 12/15 23 236 8 2 16 10 37 +40 223