The Boston Celtics‘ win streak came to an end Wednesday as the team took a 112-111 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Boston was missing both Marcus Smart and Robert Williams as both were listed as out prior to the contest, as the team heads into the All-Star break with a 34-26 record.
Boston was led in scoring by Jaylen Brown, with 31, while Jayson Tatum added 22. Grant Williams had a strong 17 points, leading the team in minutes, while Al Horford had 19 with seven assists.
The Celtics had an eight-point lead with several minutes left to go, but Detroit stormed back. They took the 110-108 lead with 42 seconds left in the affair, though Horford knocked down a contested corner three-pointer to take the lead right back 10 seconds later.
But, Jerami Grant knocked down a post fadeaway with 20 seconds left in the dying seconds of the shot clock to give the Pistons the lead. Brown went up with 13 seconds left to try and take the lead with a layup, but it was blocked — and Boston fouled Grant with nine seconds left.
On the inbound, Derrick White intercepted a bounce pass before he was fouled. Tatum was unable to convert on the game-winner though — on a contested fadeaway mid-ranger, as Detroit pulled away with the victory.
Boston will have a seven-day All-Star break before they get back into action vs. the Nets next Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. EST, in Brooklyn.