By MATT SCHOCH, The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) – Jason Tatum hit Blake Griffin with a 2.9-second as he stumbled, then tied the Detroit veteran at the other end, allowing the Boston Celtics to split the Pistons 122-120 on Sunday weekend Beat with.
Jaylen Brown led Boston with 31 points. He hit a late 3-pointer and was 13 of 16 from the field, a late loss in the opener in Detroit after his late miss.
Tatum had 24 points and 12 assists.
Half Ojelele hit three 3-pointers in under five minutes to open the fourth quarter for Boston. Seiko Doumbouya and Siwi Mykhiliuk responded with back-to-back 3s to Detroit with a 6:01 left to take a 108-106 lead.
Mykhiliuk scored eight straight Detroit points, and the Pistons took a 118-117 lead with a 42.2-second free throw from Mason Plumley. It set Brown’s 3-pointer for 34.0 seconds, and Jaramie Grant made two free throws after 12 seconds to tie it at 120.
Grant scored 20 points for the Pistons, marking at least that career best fifth straight game.
On Friday night, Detroit defeated Boston for their only win of the 96–93 season, with the Celtics missing their final 10 shots and scrambling for the final 4:15.
Despite not getting into the game for less than four minutes in the third quarter, Mykhiliuk had 15 points.
Marcus Smart had 17 points and eight assists for Boston.
Celtics: This was Boston’s second consecutive pair of games against the same opponent this season, and the second division of those games. The format is new for the NBA schedule this year. The Celtics also split with Indiana. … The Celtics did not attempt a free throw in the first half.
Pistons: Josh Jackson went down in the beginning of the third quarter with a right lower leg injury when he was fouled in the event of an infection. He made the shot and the subsequent free throw, but was ruled out of the game and did not return. … Griffin returned for the Pistons after missing a game in the NBA’s concussion protocol.
Celtics: Vs. Toronto in Tampa, Florida on Monday night.
Pistons: On Monday and Wednesday nights in Milwaukee.
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