The Boston Celtics picked up their fifth straight win Friday with a 114-103 win over the Detroit Pistons. Both teams started off hot and were battling back and forth through the first three quarters, but Boston was able to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Through the first three quarters, there were 16 ties and 15 lead changes but a Derrick White jumper put the Celtics up 92-90 going into the fourth and they never trailed again.
The Celtics’ league-best defense was suffocating the Pistons all quarter long and held them to just two made field goals in the fourth quarter. It is worth noting that those two field goals came in the final minute of the game after all the starters were taken out of the game.
Jayson Tatum was spectacular once again and was the star of the night, as he finished with a game-high 31 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished six assists. He constantly made the right play and had an answer every time the Pistons tried to stop him.
Jaylen Brown made some big shots and finished with 22 points of his own. Marcus Smart scored 20 as well and recorded five steals as well as knocking down a clutch corner three to put the game away for Boston.
The Celtics look to win their sixth straight game Sunday as they take on the tough task of slowing down Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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