Kyrie Irving showed off a new look on Tuesday night at the TD Garden and it translated into a vintage performance against the Pistons. The All-Star scored a season-high 31 points and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists, helping the Celtics hold off a late charge from the Pistons on the way to a 108-105 victory. Marcus Morris added 15 points and 9 rebounds off the bench for the C's, while Jaylen Brown added 11 of his 14 points in the second half, which enabled the hosts to build a double-digit third-quarter edge (25-13) that ultimately held up after the Pistons cut it to one in the closing seconds.
Blake Griffin scored a team-high 24 points for the Pistons, but the big man made a crucial mistake in the final minute, leading point guard Ish Smith too much on an inbound with the Pistons trailing by just three points. Marcus Smart made a heads-up play to knock the ball away and Irving came up with the steal, ruining the Pistons' final chance to tie the game up.
The victory gives the Celtics their third straight win after sweeping the Pistons in the home-and-home series. Boston now heads into a showdown with the undefeated Bucks on Thursday night at the TD Garden.