Boston Celtics get payback on Detroit Pistons, 91-81

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, fails to knock the ball away from Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver during the second half Sunday in Detroit. The Celtics defeated the Pistons 91-81. (AP photo)

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — The Boston Celtics prevented Andre Drummond from scoring in the paint and quieted Reggie Jackson on the perimeter.
That helped Boston get revenge from a rare loss in a 91-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
When Detroit beat the Celtics last month, Drummond scored 26 points and Jackson had 20. In the rematch, Drummond didn’t make a shot until late in the game and finished with just six points on 1-of-5 shooting while Jackson was 0 for 9 with two points.
“We were locked in,” said Boston center Aron Baynes said. “Our offense wasn’t as crisp as we wanted it to be, but defensively we had a game plan and we stuck with it.”
Al Horford had 18 points, Jaylen Brown scored 12, reserve Marcus Smart also had 12 points and smooth-shooting rookie Jayson Tatum scored 11 for the Celtics.
The Pistons have lost six straight for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season.
“We’ve lost some confidence and we need to get it back,” Pistons coach Stan

Van Gundy said.