The Celtics' eight-game winning streak came to a halt in a relatively ugly fashion on Saturday night, as the Detroit Pistons outworked the visitors on both ends for the better part of 48 minutes on the way to a 113-104 victory. Blake Griffin had a game-high 27 points and Andre Drummond added 19 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks as Detroit put a halt to their own six-game losing streak with a much-needed win at Little Caesar's Arena.
Kyrie Irving had a team-high 26 points while Marcus Smart added a season-high 21 points (5-of-7 from 3-point range) but the starting backcourt could not make up for an offensive dud of a performance by the rest of Boston's supporting cast. The rest of the roster was a combined 2-of-20 from downtown, with Marcus Morris (0-of-6) and Gordon Hayward (0-of-4) serving as the main offenders by missing a number of open looks.
Defensively, the C's struggled with their rotations onto 3-point shooters, as they tried to balance taking away lobs to the Pistons frontcourt and defending the Pistons shooters (Reggie Bullock, Luke Kennard). The visitors also just looked flat overall on both ends as they played their third game in a third different city over four nights.
The Celtics drop to 18-11 on the year with the defeat and will now get three days of rest before hosting the Suns on Wednesday night back at the Garden.