The Celtics stormed into Auburn Hills, Michigan Tuesday night and defeated the Pistons 109-86 to improve to 3-1. Rondo was the player of the game for the second straight game as he lead the Celtics with 17 assists. Some other bright spots tonight: KG who continues to look better and better every game he plays, Big Baby who was in double figures in points once again coming off the bench for the 4th concecutive game as well as Erden impressing in his first NBA game. Jermaine O’Neal got his first start of the season and looked 100 percent better after sitting out Friday night with an injury. Pierce and Ray look like they are not going to slow down as they helped the Celtics pick up a win over a bad Pistons team. The following from CSNNE.Com:
AUBURN HILLS, MI — The Boston Celtics have been right at home in hostile crowds, the kind of crowd that the C’s were used to having to deal with whenever they played against the Detroit Pistons.
In past years, the Palace of Auburn Hills was more like a torture chamber for most teams.
Today, it’s more like a fun house for visitors to run around and do as they please.
The Celtics certainly had their way on Tuesday as they had no problem in defeating the Pistons, 109-86.
Setting the pace for the C’s once again was Kevin Garnett, who was the central figure that the Celtics ran their offense through early on.
Matched up with Detroit’s Austin Daye, Garnett scored 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter.
His early scoring opened things up for his teammates.
Even Jermaine O’Neal, who has struggled mightily with his shot, was in a good flow offensively.
Making his first start of the season, O’Neal had 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
The trigger man for a good chunk of Boston’s offense was Rajon Rondo, who turned in a near double-double performance with nine points and 17 assists.
Boston (3-1) led by as many as 23 points, and led 88-68 going into the fourth.
With the Milwaukee Bucks coming to the TD Garden Wednesday night, Celtics coach Doc Rivers was clearly hoping to sit his starters for the rest of the game.
However, Detroit opened the fourth with an 8-2 run that cut Boston’s lead to 90-76.
Rivers called a time-out with 8:47 to play, and put a pair of starters — Garnett and Allen — back in the game.
The break in play was just what the C’s needed, as Marquis Daniels put back a Glen Davis miss.
Most of the C’s starters returned long enough to restore control.
Rivers brought them back to the bench as the C’s pushed their lead back to more than 20 points.
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