BOSTON (AP) — Andre Drummond scored 18 points and grabbed 22 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had seven of his 27 points in overtime and the Detroit Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 105-97 on Sunday.
Reggie Jackson added 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds for the Pistons, who won for the third time in four games after a 10-game losing streak.
Evan Turner had 23 points and Jae Crowder 19 for Boston, which lost its third straight. The Celtics are in a tight race for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.
Detroit snapped an eight-game road losing streak, sending Boston to just its second home loss in its last 11 games.
The Pistons wiped out a deficit late in regulation, then scored on their first two possessions of overtime and opened with a 7-0 run. Caldwell-Pope had a driving basket and Jodie Meeks nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner. Caldwell-Pope then capped the spree with a 3-pointer, making it 95-88.
Trailing by four with under 2 minutes left in regulation, Detroit scored the next five points, the last coming on Tayshaun Prince’s 3-pointer from the right corner, making it 86-85 with 1:15 left.
Crowder then had a three-point play before Jackson’s bank shot tied it at 88-all.
Following a Jackson miss and a Celtics’ timeout, Turner lost control before he could get a shot off, sending the game to OT.
The Pistons trailed by six after three quarters and opened the fourth with a 16-9 run to take their first lead since early in the second quarter, 79-78, on Joel Anthony’s dunk.
The Celtics answered with Bradley nailing a 3 from the left wing.
After Meeks’ driving basket cut it to one with just under three minutes to play, both teams struggled offensively before Turner hit Brandon Bass for an alley-oop dunk.
Boston had pulled to a 10-point edge midway into the third quarter on Bradley’s 3-pointer from the right corner, but the Pistons started to continually pound it inside to Drummond, forcing Boston’s overmatched inside players to collect fouls on a number of possessions.
Detroit couldn’t take advantage of it, though, because Drummond struggled from the line, going 2 for 7.
The Celtics led 47-41 at halftime.
Pistons: G Caron Butler was hit on the head battling for a rebound late in the second quarter and walked to the bench slowly, rubbing the top of his head. He returned to action in the second half. … Drummond matched Boston’s team total with eight rebounds in the first quarter. The rest of his teammates had five. … Drummond missed his first seven free throws before swishing two straight.
Celtics: G Marcus Smart sat out Sunday, suspended one game for punching San Antonio’s Matt Bonner in the groin on Friday. … Coach Brad Stevens said G Isaiah Thomas would not be back Monday. He missed his seventh straight Sunday with a bruised lower back.
Pistons: Host Toronto on Tuesday.
Celtics: At Brooklyn on Monday.
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