The Detroit Pistons travel to Boston on Wednesday to face the Celtics at TD Garden.
The Pistons (8-22) are coming off of a 99-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. Spurs forward Tim Duncan scored 18 points and earned 13 rebounds. Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey put up 23 points and Tayshaun Prince scored 18. Rookie guard Brandon Knight also had a productive night for the Pistons as he scored 16 points.
It was too little too late after the Spurs jumped to an early lead. If not for strong defensive play from Ben Wallace on Duncan in the second half, the Pistons probably would have fallen by much more than four points.
It was a strong effort from the Pistons who had just dropped a tough loss against the Washington Wizards over the weekend.
The Celtics (15-12) just topped the Chicago Bulls, 95-91, at home on Sunday. That snapped a two-game losing streak for Boston.
The Celtics have gone 7-3 in their past 10 games which has put them in 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The New York Knicks are nipping at their heels as they have strung together an impressive six-game winning streak.
The Pistons are sitting toward the bottom of the conference. They are seven games behind the 8th-place Knicks.
The Celtics and Pistons last met Dec. 30 in Boston where the home team won 96-85. The teams will meet again on Feb. 19 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons have dropped the past four meetings at TD Garden and six of the past seven against the Celtics overall.
Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.