Pfew. The Celtics got back on the winning track with a 105-100 win over the Pistons.
The Celtics got a fantastic effort (39 points) from their bench. Nate Robinson had 9 of his 14 points in the 4th quarter. Glen Davis had 12 points, 3 rebounds in 18 hustled-filled minutes. Even Shelden Williams (6 pts, 4 rebounds) contributed. The second unit started the 4th quarter with a 17-6 run.
The Celtics sealed this from the free throw line. Their final 11 points came from the stripe. Rajon Rondo (15 points, 11 assists, 6 TO) was 4/4 in the final 24 seconds.
Doc Rivers stuck with Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels for much of the 4th quarter. Rondo and Paul Pierce (9 points in 29 minutes) didn't play until the 3 minute mark.
The Celtics stretched their 3 point halftime lead to 8 points midway through the 3rd. As usual, the Celtics couldn't pull away. Detroit closed the quarter on a 19-8 run and led 75-72 going into the final period.
The Celtics shot 9-for-18 from three, Detroit was 3-for-20.
Credit Doc for adding one of the Knicks plays to help make Nate Robinson more comfortable on the floor.