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Stud and Duds: Reggie Jackson, Pistons rally to top Celtics

01.06.16 at 11:29 pm ET
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The Pistons outscored the Celtics 33-19 in the fourth quarter, grabbed their first lead of the evening and defeated their hosts in TD Garden, 99-94.

In the final frame, Detroit drained 4-of-6 3-pointers and shot 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, grabbing a six-point lead in the last four minutes. A 7-0 run by Isaiah Thomas briefly regained the lead, but it wasn’t enough. In the end, Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson’s crucial 3-pointer put the game away for good.

The Celtics had a couple chances to pull out the win, but costly fouls and missed free throws sealed their fate. Isaiah Thomas missed one of three attempts, and Marcus Smart also missed a free throw before committing a loose ball foul on the opposite end, giving the Pistons another pair of freebies and a four-point advantage with 29 second left.

As a result, the Pistons (20-16) leapfrogged the Celtics (19-16) in the standings for seventh place.

All five starters scored in double figures, led by Isaiah Thomas (22 points) and Amir Johnson (17 points, 11 rebounds). Former Boston College standout Reggie Jackson‘s 24 points led the Pistons.

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Studs and Duds: Celtics cut Nets on Jae Crowder’s career night

01.04.16 at 10:12 pm ET
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Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder

In their fourth and final meeting against the lottery-bound team whose first-round pick they own, the Celtics salvaged a 2-2 series record against the Nets this season with a 103-94 victory in Brooklyn.

Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals, helping the C’s improve to 19-15 on the season — good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Of course, had they took care of business against the Lakers and Nets at home last week, they’d be sitting pretty as the No. 3 seed, but no dice.

Isaiah Thomas collected 19 points and seven assists, Evan Turner added a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and both Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger added a dozen points. Thaddeus Young led Brooklyn (10-24) with 23 points and 15 rebounds. More importantly, the Nets gained a game on the victorious 76ers (4-33) for the league’s worst record.

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Report: Celtics, Red Sox discussing a game at Fenway Park

01.04.16 at 12:31 pm ET
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You know when you’re shoveling your driveway, your neighbor breaks out the snowblower, and you hop in the car to high-tail it to the nearest Home Depot to keep up with Joneses?

That seems to be the approach the Celtics are taking to a potential outdoor game at Fenway Park. After the Boston Bruins played in front of 67,246 fans at the New England Patriots‘ Gillette Stadium, their TD Garden cohabitants are reportedly interested in doing the same.

‘€œI’€™ve gotten into it. I really do like the idea,’€ Celtics president of business operations Rich Gotham told The Boston Globe on Monday. ‘€œI think if you can find a way to sort of differentiate the game and make it fun for fans, that’€™s a great thing. And the Winter Classic certainly does that. Even when Fenway stages certain events, like football games, it just makes it more special for people involved and the fans. I think if you can do it, great. At the same time, my job requires me to be pragmatic, so you’€™d need to look at the hurdles.’€

Gotham and Red Sox counterpart Sam Kennedy have discussed the possibility, according to the Globe, although there are a number of obstacles that may make it a long shot. Due to the obvious weather concerns, the game would most likely have to be played at the beginning or the end of the NBA’s regular season, when the Sox could also be using the facilities.

Studs and Duds: Brook Lopez, Nets upset Celtics

01.02.16 at 7:03 pm ET
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For the second game in a row, the Celtics‘ lost at home against one of the league’s bottom feeders in what was one of the most disappointing defeats of the season.

The Nets beat the Celtics, 100-97, and considering Boston owns Brooklyn’s first-round pick, the C’s didn’t do themselves any favors by suffering their second loss at the hands of Brooklyn in 2015-16. The two teams face each other again in Brooklyn on Monday.

Throughout a dreadful third quarter, Celtics coach Brad Stevens tried every lineup combination he could think of to spark some sort of offensive rhythm — but nothing seemed to work. The Nets (10-23) outscored the C’s 25-16 in the third quarter and carried a 10-point lead into the final frame. Behind an 11-2 run, the Celtics tied the game at 83. The Nets then responded with their own 9-2 run, forcing the Celtics (18-15) to play catch-up until the final minute, when the C’s crawled back to make it a one-possession game.

With 10 seconds left, Marcus Smart stole Brooklyn’s inbound pass, setting up a fast break that set up an open look for Jonas Jerebko, whose game-tying 3-point attempt from the corner bounced off the rim. Smart saved the ball from going out of bounds, but Jae Crowder couldn’t get a shot off before the game clock struck zero.

Brook Lopez‘s monster double-double (30 points, 13 rebounds) led the Nets. Joe Johnson added 20 points, and Thaddeus Young had 16. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points, Crowder scored 16 and Evan Turner finished with 12. For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

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Studs and Duds: Kobe Bryant delivers one last dagger to sink Celtics

12.30.15 at 10:26 pm ET
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After exacting NBA Finals revenge against the Celtics in 2010, Kobe Bryant has softened on Boston, and for the first time since the infamous 2007 “MVP” chants, the city returned the sentiment, offering a standing ovation during the starting lineup role call before playfully booing him on his first few possessions.

It was exactly the sort of reaction Boston reserves for its most worthy adversaries –€” Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and, yes, Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and one of the greatest players ever to play the game of basketball.

The Boston brass presented Bryant with a piece of the parquet before his final game in the Garden, and then the Celtics gave him more ground on the floor, as the 17-time All-Star sunk a 28-foot dagger of a 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining in a 112-104 victory.

Bryant finished with a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) in 33 minutes, as the Lakers won for just the sixth time all season. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points and seven assists. Evan Turner (20 points, 8 assists), Jae Crowder (17 points) and Avery Bradley (13 points) also reached double figures for the Celtics, who fell to 18-14 and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Marcus Smart was benched for the first quarter after missing the team’s walk-through due to a flat tire, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. Smart scored four points in 11 minutes.

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Stud and Duds: Isaiah Thomas, Celtics win fourth straight

12.27.15 at 10:37 pm ET
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For three quarters, the Celtics sat comfortably ahead of the Knicks before New York found its rhythm in the final frame — but the C’s fended off their hosts in a 100-91 victory.

The C’s defense coerced the Knicks into bad passes and off-balance shots, forcing eight of the Knicks’ 13 turnovers in the third quarter and building a double-digit lead. Offensively, the Celtics got a lot of players involved, making it difficult for the Knicks to stop the bleeding.

In the fourth quarter, New York scored in transition and from the free-throw line to cut the C’s lead to five before Boston’s 10-6 run in the final four minutes clinched the win. Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists. Jae Crowder added 18 points and six rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis (16 points, 12 rebounds) also finished with a double-double.

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Studs and Duds: Celtics beat Pistons for another road win

12.26.15 at 10:14 pm ET
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There’s no place like the road?

The Celtics defeated the Pistons 99-93 at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night, improving to 19-6 outside of Boston. After an even first half, the C’s pulled away in the third quarter. They held Detroit to 30 percent shooting in winning the frame, 25-15, holding Andre Drummond scoreless after the center amassed 17 points and nine rebounds in the first half.

Detroit made a late surge to cut the C’s lead to two with less than a minute to play, but former Piston Jonas Jerebko’s jumper with 10.7 seconds sealed the game for Boston.

Avery Bradley scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the first half. In classic fashion, five other C’s scored in double figures: Thomas (17 points), Turner (13), Johnson (12), Crowder (11) and Sullinger (10). Drummond, who would currently start in the All-Star game for the Eastern Conference, finished with 22 points and 22 rebounds. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points, and Marcus Morris added 16.

The Celtics (17-13) return home to play the Knicks on Sunday night in Boston, while the Pistons (17-14) will play next against the same Knick team on Tuesday in New York.

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