Detroit Pistons snap 8-game skid with 112-111 win over Boston Celtics

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BOSTON — The Boston Celtics were the NBA’s hottest team, on a league-high nine-game winning streak entering Wednesday. The Detroit Pistons were the NBA’s coldest team, losing a league-high eight straight and 14 of their previous 16. 

And yet, it was the Pistons (13-45) who ended Wednesday with a victory. It was one of the Pistons’ best efforts this season, as they knocked down 16 of 30 3-point attempts en route to defeating the Celtics, 112-111.

Jerami Grant made the game-winning bucket with 19.1 seconds left, calmly knocking down a turnaround jumper from midrange. Cade Cunningham and Isaiah Stewart both got a piece of a block on a Jaylen Brown layup attempt on the ensuing possession. And despite Cory Joseph turning the ball over on an inbounds pass at the six-second mark, the Pistons escaped with the victory after Jayson Tatum’s midrange jumper missed at the buzzer. 

Detroit Pistons forward Marvin Bagley III (35) attempts a basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half at the TD Garden on Feb. 16, 2022.

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Grant led the Pistons with 24 points, Saddiq Bey tallied 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Cunningham added 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Kelly Olynyk also had a bounce-back performance with 15 points and six rebounds off of the bench, including three 3-pointers. Brown led all scorers with 31 points. It was a back-and-forth game that featured 25 lead changes and 15 ties, but Detroit made a 20-12 run to end the game. 

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) loses control of the ball in front of Detroit Pistons' Kelly Olynyk (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Boston.

Olynyk bounces back

It’s been rough going for Olynyk since the big man returned from health and safety protocols on Feb. 1. In eight games entering Wednesday, Olynyk had made just three of 19 3-point attempts while shooting 26.9% overall. He looked a step slow, and Pistons head coach Dwane Casey noted before the game that he may still be dealing with the after-effects of the virus.

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