BOSTON (AP) — Jeff Green scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to snap Boston’s two-minute scoring drought, and the Celtics clinched a playoff berth by beating the Detroit Pistons 98-93 on Wednesday night.
Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass scored 17 apiece for the Celtics, who had lost two in a row and seven of their previous nine. But the victory, coupled with Philadelphia’s 88-83 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, left Boston 8½ games ahead of the 76ers with eight games to play.
It’s the sixth consecutive season Boston has reached the playoffs since the New Big Three was assembled in the summer of 2007. At 39-36 Boston is currently the No. 7 seed in the Eastern conference, two games behind the Chicago Bulls for the No. 6 seed. If the playoffs were to start today the Celtics would play the New York Knicks, who currently possess the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics picked up the win despite the fact that they were dominated on the glass. Detroit was able to come away with 25 offensive rebounds in the game compared to just four for the Celtics. Detroit also had 26 second chance points compared to six for the Celtics. But with the offensive production from Green, Pierce and Bass the rebounding deficit did not end up hurting them.
Greg Monroe had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons.