Boston Celtics Team Report – January 29
=== Boston Celtics Team Report – January 29 ===
(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics dropped their first game under interim
coach John Carroll on Wednesday with a 106-103 loss to the Detroit Pistons at
Paul Pierce scored 26 points for the for the Celtics, who have drpped two
Carroll replaced Jim O’Brien, who resigned Tuesday.
Jiri Welsch added 19 points and Chris Mihm contributed 16 points, his career-
high with Boston.
Two free throws by Pierce with 1:26 to play brought the Celtics within 97-95.
But they never took a shot to force a tie or go ahead after a turnover by
Welsch on their ensuing possession.
Tayshaun Prince then hit a jumper to put the Pistons ahead 99-95 with 42.7
A three-pointer by Mike James brought Boston within 100-98 with 17.2 seconds
to go, but two free throws by Hamilton made it a two-possession game. The
Celtics then pulled within 104-103 on a three-pointer by James with 8.4
seconds to play. But Chauncey Billups hit two free throws for Detroit for the
James took the final shot, a three-pointer from the right wing, but it bounced
off the rim as time expired.
The Celtics return to action on Friday against the New York Knicks.