BOSTON -- Rapid reaction after the Detroit Pistons defeated the Boston Celtics 107-106 on Wednesday night at TD Garden:
THE NITTY GRITTY
Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 28 points on 9-of-21 shooting and hit a pivotal 3-pointer with 46 seconds remaining as the Pistons rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit. Jennings also handed out 14 assists to pace the Pistons, which also got 20 points from Josh Smith. The Celtics put seven players in double figures, keyed by a team-high 19 points from Jared Sullinger. Jordan Crawford added 17 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds for Boston.
FAST START FOR C'S
The Celtics shot 69.6 percent (16 of 23) over the first 12 minutes while scoring a season-high 42 first-quarter points. Avery Bradley and Crawford each had 10 points and the frame ended with Sullinger tipping home a perfect sideline lob from Gerald Wallace with 0.2 seconds to play to punctuate a dominant frame that had Boston out front by 19. But the Celtics haven't played well with big leads.
PISTONS RALLY AHEAD
Boston led by as much as 21 in the second quarter, but Detroit got its deficit down to 11 before the intermission. An early third-quarter burst got the Pistons close and a four-point play by Jennings had the Pistons out front 74-73 with 5:01 to play in the frame. Detroit would lead by as much as seven, but Boston made things interesting at the end.
The Pistons were still up seven with little more than three minutes to go when Boston surged. With an attack on the offensive glass, the Celtics generated a couple timely second-chance baskets. Sullinger had a tip-in, then -- after Wallace drew a foul hustling for an offensive rebound -- Sullinger drilled a 3-pointer with 61 seconds remaining that had Boston back out front 105-104. Jennings answered with a 3-pointer of his own and Boston had a chance to tie, but Sullinger missed the tail end of two freebies. The Celtics got the ball back with a chance to win, but Jeff Green's strong drive on Smith ended with a off-the-mark layup.
BASS, LEE IN FOCUS
Even with their names floating in trade rumors that suggest that Houston Rockets center Omer Asik could be Boston bound, Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee focused on the task at hand. Bass started and turned in 11 points and seven rebounds over 27 minutes, while Lee had a fourth-quarter outburst while chipping in 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting off the bench.
The Celtics finished with a 41-36 edge on the glass and a 15-10 advantage in second-chance points. ... Boston shot 49.4 percent from the field overall (after their dismal first quarter, Detroit finished at 46.6 percent overall). ... The Pistons connected on 10 3-pointers, including five from Jennings. ... Keith Bogans and MarShon Brooks were healthy DNPs.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics (12-15) had their two-game winning streak snapped. Boston wraps up a five-game homestand with a visit from the Washington Wizards on Saturday afternoon. A visit to Indiana looms on the tail end of a back-to-back before Boston gets a five-day holiday break.