CELTICS WIN SERIES 4-2

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The Celtics are headed back to the NBA Finals. Paul Pierce's 27 points led the way, closing out the Pistons and securing Boston's first Eastern Conference title since 1987. Story
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ESPN.com Research Notes

The Celtics won the season series with the Pistons 2-1. It was the first time since the 2000-01 season that the Celtics had done so.

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics in scoring against the Pistons this season, averaging 24 points in the three games. Former Celtic Chauncey Billups led Detroit with 22.7 points per game.

The Pistons and Celtics have played 39 games against each other in the playoffs. The Celtics hold the slight edge of 20-19.

The last time these two teams met in the East finals was in 1988. The Pistons went on to their first NBA Finals appearence.

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Player Matchups

PISTONS CELTICS
C. BillupsC. Billups
Points: 17.0
Rebounds: 2.7
Assists: 6.8
PGR. RondoR. Rondo
Points: 10.6
Rebounds: 4.2
Assists: 5.1
R. HamiltonR. Hamilton
Points: 17.3
Rebounds: 3.3
Assists: 4.2
SGR. AllenR. Allen
Points: 17.4
Rebounds: 3.7
Assists: 3.1
T. PrinceT. Prince
Points: 13.2
Rebounds: 4.9
Assists: 3.3
SFP. PierceP. Pierce
Points: 19.6
Rebounds: 5.1
Assists: 4.5
R. WallaceR. Wallace
Points: 12.7
Rebounds: 6.6
Assists: 1.8
PFK. GarnettK. Garnett
Points: 18.8
Rebounds: 9.2
Assists: 3.4
A. McDyessA. McDyess
Points: 8.8
Rebounds: 8.5
Assists: 1.1
CK. PerkinsK. Perkins
Points: 6.9
Rebounds: 6.1
Assists: 1.1

Season Series

Boston leads 2-1
Dec 19, 2007 DET 87, @BOS 85Recap | Box Score
Jan 5, 2008 BOS 92, @DET 85Recap | Box Score
Mar 5, 2008 @BOS 90, DET 78Recap | Box Score

Injury Report

DETROIT PISTONS
det No recent injuries
BOSTON CELTICS
bos No recent injuries

Playoff History

DET BOS
Championships: 3 Championships: 16
Last Championship: 2004 Last Championship: 1986
Last Season:
Lost in Eastern Conference finals
Last Season:
Did not qualify

Team Stats (Regular Season)

  PISTONS CELTICS
PPG 97.5 100.5
RPG 41.4 42.0
APG 22.3 22.4
FG% 45.779 47.502
FT% 76.692 77.068
3P% .366 .381

Featured Comment

    It's hard not to be happy for KG, Pierce and Allen. Should be a great Finals.

  • nbaword

Celtics 89, Pistons 81