BOSTON -- The Detroit Pistons survived a running jump hook from Jeff Green at the buzzer to hold off the Boston Celtics, 107-106, on Wednesday night.
Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 28 points and 14 assists and his triple with 46 seconds left gave the Pistons a 107-105 lead. The bucket came moments after a Jared Sullinger triple gave the Celtics a one-point lead in the game the Celtics once led by 21 points.
Sullinger split one of two free throws and then the Celtics' Avery Bradley forced a bad shot from Jennings.
After two time-outs -- the last coming with 4.7 seconds left -- the Celtics had to scramble and were left with the low percentage shot from Green. It was off badly and the Pistons moved to 13-14 on the season.
The Atlantic Division-leading Celtics fell to 12-15.
Josh Smith scored 20 points and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Sullinger led the Celtics with 19 points.
The first half was a real stink bomb for the Pistons with poor transition defense. The Celtics shot 61.5 percent from the field and actually out-rebounded the Pistons by five (22-17).
The lead was 19 (42-23) after the first quarter when a horrific sequence allowed the Celtics to score an easy basket.
Kyle Singler jumped up to attempt a half-court heave, but didn't release the shot -- an easy traveling call with .2 second left in the first.
The Celtics got a Sullinger tip-in at the buzzer.
The Pistons got going in the second quarter behind seven points each from Monroe and Jennings and had narrowed the deficit to 63-52.
The Pistons beat the Celtics way back during the season's first week and Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks isn't surprised the rebuilding Celtics are competitive so far.
"They still play with ton of energy," Cheeks said. "They are still doing the things they did before, but at a higher level and they've been playing well."
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