By Dave Hart
Celtics 94, Pistons 92 – Al Horford’s game-winning put back shot with 1.3 seconds left in regulation propelled the Boston Celtics to a win over the Pistons on Saturday night.
The Pistons, who were thumped by the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers 104-81 last night, are now on a three game losing streak.
Detroit trailed 30-23 after the first quarter, 50-47 at halftime and then took a 73-71 advantage heading into the fourth quarter before getting outscored by a 23-19 margin in the final stanza.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points and eight assists while Horford chipped in with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pistons, who is now 6-8 on the season and 5-1 at home, were led by Marcus Morris with 24 points.
Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds for Detroit and Tobias Harris contributed with 19 points.
Detroit will remain home to face the Houston Rockets on Monday night looking to snap its losing skid.
Tied for 5th Place in Central Division (5 games behind first place Cleveland)
Tied for 9th Place in Eastern Conference (5 games behind first place Cleveland)
½ game behind Milwaukee and Indiana for the last two playoff spots
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 71
Magic # to clinch a Central Division title: 75
Magic # to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 75
Next Game: 11/21/2016 vs Houston Rockets 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Stats: Marcus Morris 24 points, Andre Drummond 20 points 17 rebounds, Tobias Harris 19 points, Ish Smith 12 points 7 assists.