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BSJ Game Report: Celtics 91, Pistons 81 — The defense steps up

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ 91-81 win over the Pistons in quickie form.

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Al Horford shakes off early knee injury: The veteran big man shook off an early knee issue (he bumped knees with Anthony Tolliver) in the first quarter and had a big bounceback performance following an ugly outing against the Spurs. The 31-year-old stuffed the stat sheet yet again with a team-high 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and a pair of blocks, all while slowing down Tobias Harris (5-of-15 shooting) for most of the contest.

Defense steps up in revenge game: The Celtics allowed a season-low 81 points by the Pistons, which was a terrific response to their initial meeting of the year in which the Pistons put up 118, a season-high for a C’s opponent. The defense played with purpose in the paint and rotated well, while Brad Stevens made the necessary scheme adjustments to keep the Pistons off the scoreboard for large stretches. The hosts had an off shooting night on the whole, but the C’s defense was a big part of that.