HOW THE GAME WAS WON
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting -- including 13 in the third quarter alone -- to go along with eight rebounds. Paul Pierce chipped in 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with six rebounds and three assists. He connected on three of his five 3-point attempts. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 14 assists, with half of them coming in the third quarter.
Leading by only three with just less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Celtics embarked on a 13-0 run, capped by Delonte West passing up an open 3-pointer to feed Garnett for a wide-open dunk that gave the Celtics an 80-64 lead. The Celtics carried an 82-66 lead into the fourth quarter and overcame a late Pistons run for the victory.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Celtics shot a blistering 64.1 percent from the field, but didn't make this one any easier on themselves by committing 21 turnovers, which the Pistons turned into 23 points.
West continued his strong play of late, posting 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 2-of-2 from 3-point land, to go along with five assists and a steal.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics were able to bounce back from their disheartening 88-83 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and pick up a much-needed victory with the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference still very much up for grabs. The loss of Shaquille O'Neal will most likely overshadow the win, as health remains the team's top priority with the playoffs fast approaching.