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Sekou Doumbouya leads Detroit Pistons to shocker over Celtics, 116-103

Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press on

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BOSTON – It was a good night for the Detroit Pistons' youth movement Wednesday night.

And it was part of the Pistons' unlikeliest victory of the season.

Rookie Sekou Doumbouya and second-year guard Svi Mykhailiuk had career scoring nights in helping the Pistons (15-27) earn only their seventh road victory of the season -- a 116-103 victory over the Boston Celtics (27-12) at TD Garden.

Doumbouya, in his eighth consecutive start, scored 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting. He was matched up against Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward for the evening.

Mykhailiuk, helped by a half-court shot at the third-quarter buzzer, scored 21 points and was 5-for-8 from 3-point range.

The veterans chipped in against the Celtics, who were without star forward Jayson Tatum.

Derrick Rose scored 22 points and added six assists. He was 11-for-13 from the field with his only misses coming from 3-point range.

Markieff Morris broke out of a shooting slump by scoring 17 of his 23 points in the first half.

Andre Drummond scored 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting as the Pistons shot 60.3% from the field. Drummond added 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

 

Hayward and Brown combined for 49 points for the Celtics.

After the morning shootaround, Pistons coach Dwane Casey complimented his team's effort in the face of the adversity presented during this injury-marred season.

"It's hard to assess who we could have been, but I love the spirit of our team," Casey said. "Our guys are still -- other than one segment of the game -- guys are still competing.

"It's hard to assess who we are, what we really are when you've had so many rotational injuries that we've had."

The Pistons were without Blake Griffin (knee), Reggie Jackson (back) and Luke Kennard (both knees).

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