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Pistons 96, Celtics 81

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Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons goes to the basket during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics on February 19, 2012. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons goes to the basket during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics on February 19, 2012. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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AUBURN HILLS (WWJ/AP) – Detroit Pistons outpaced the Boston Celtics beating them 96-81 on Sunday.

As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – not since the 2006/07 season have the Pistons won consecutive games against the Celtics, this time within a one week period. On Wednesday the Pistons towered over the Celtics in Boston.

Greg Monroe put in a team high 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Rodney Stuckey was right behind with 16 points in the winning effort over the Celtics.

Detroit has now won seven of its last nine games, including two victories in five days over the Celtics, who were missing Kevin Garnett (personal reasons) and Brandon Bass (left knee).

Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points.

The Pistons scored 40 points off 24 turnovers, while the Celtics got only 13 points off Detroit’s 15 giveaways. The Pistons also had a 29-6 edge in second-chance points.

The Pistons led 55-42 at halftime, but they could have been ahead by 20. Detroit took 29 free throws in the first half – the Celtics had just 10 – but missed 12 of them.

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