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NBA: Detroit 96, Boston 81

Feb. 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM   |   Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Detroit's Greg Monroe put in 17 points and Rodney Stuckey contributed 16 for the Pistons Sunday in their 96-81 decision over Boston.

Monroe grabbed 10 rebounds while Jonas Jerebko and Tayshaun Prince each netted 13 points as the Pistons notched a third straight win.

Detroit managed only 38 percent shooting from the field but used a tough defense to score 40 points off 24 Boston turnovers.

Paul Pierce popped in 18 points, Chris Wilcox contributed 14 and Ray Allen added 13, but it wasn't enough to prevent Boston's fifth loss in six games.

The Celtics played without Kevin Garnett, who missed the game because of personal reasons.

Boston's Rajon Rondo was ejected late in the third quarter for flipping the ball at the referee.

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