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BOSTON BATTERS PISTONS.....Boston 119, PISTONS 93, M 3/15/10
Posted on: 03-15-2010

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PRINCE (towel over face at left)<<


    Boston got off to a fast start,
Tayshaun Prince got hurt early and
the Pistons didn't put up a serious
fight in a 119-93 Monday night loss in
    Detroit was already trailing 18-7
when play was called and Prince
injured with 4:53 left in the opening quarter.
    Battling underneath the basket, Prince collided with Kendrick Perkins of
the Celtics. As Prince fell toward the floor he was run over by teamnmate
Jason Maxiell and Max's knee struck Prince in the middle of his back. Prince,
who missed 26 games earlier this season with back problems, stayed on the
floor slowly kicking his feet in pain. After several minutes, Prince was helped
to the Detroit locker room.
    By the end of the 1st-Qtr it was 31-15 and by halftime the Celts were
ahead 64-35. Boston's biggest bulge was 33-P. Both teams went through the
motions after intermission.
    The Celtics shot a sizzling 62.2% (46-of-74) from the field.
    Because Boston had a big lead and could distribute playing time, seven Celtics
scored in double figures. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and reswerve Michael Finley all
scored 15-P with Piwerce potting a dozen in the 21st-Qtr. Kevin Garnett added
14-P, Glen Davis 13-P and Perkins & Marquis Daniels both had 11-P.
    Will Bynum had game-highs of 16-P & 7-A for Detroit. Rip Hamilton scored 14-P
and DaJuan Summers 12-P. Ben Gordon & Maxiell each scored 11-P and Maxiell
grabbed a game-high 10-RB. Jonas Jarebko added 10-P, all of his in the 3rd-Qtr
where Detroit outscored Boston 35-25.
    Detroit lost for the 9th time in 11 games, fell to 7-26 on the road and 23-44 overall.


PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER:   "They were good, we were bad. They played an
outstanding basketball game and we added to it...Way too easy. They did a great
job of exploiting and we didn’t react tonight. It was one of the few games that our
energy wasn’t the way it should be and I’m disappointed with the way we played.”

PISTONS GD RICHARD HAMILTON:   "They beat us to the spot on both ends of the floor
...We just gotta be better...It’s tough, we’ve been hurt all year and another guy goes
down. It’s one of them things we’re you be like c’mon man are you serious?’ But it’s

CELTICS FWD KEVIN GARNETT:   "it was grudy, you know we have to play like that every
night. You know we fell into that offense...Our energy has to come from the defense
and let it trickle into some easy points. Tonight I’ll take it. It was a great game for us
to sit back and look at it, and say hey this is what we are."

CELTICS H-COACH DOC RIVERS:   " I thought the ball just moved today. One turnover at
halftime, which was great. I thought we got a little sloppy in the third; that’s almost
expected with a lead like that. So, but overall, I just thought our energy was good."


    Boston's Allen passed "Iceman" George Gervin into 31st place on the NBA's all-time
scoring list with 20,716 career points.
    Minus Prince, Rodney Stuckey (dizzy spells) and Ben Wallace (right knee), the Pistons
return home Tuesday night to host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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