The Celtics put a stop to their three-game losing streak with plenty of help from the second unit on Friday night. Daniel Theis scored a career-high 19 points while Marcus Smart added 12 points and six assists in his return to the lineup, as both reserves set the tone for the Celtics in a 110-98 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Both players highlighted a stellar night from the Boston bench as a combination of seven reserves combined to score 65 points against the new-look Pistons. Six different Celtics scored in double figures in the balanced offensive effort as Boston cruised to the win in the fourth quarter with a 13-4 run start to the frame.
Ish Smith had a game-high 20 points in the loss as the C's successfully contained Blake Griffin (5/19 FG) for the second time in as many months (this time in Detroit). Boston is back in action Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks.