Boston Celtics defeat Detroit Pistons, 105-100

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Nate Robinson scored 14 points in 16 minutes, Rajon Rondo added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Boston Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 105-100 on Tuesday night.

The Celtics, playing for the first time since a humiliating home loss to the NBA-worst New Jersey Nets on Saturday, got 18 points from Ray Allen.

Jonas Jerebko scored 16 points for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight.

Rasheed Wallace missed a short jumper that could have given...

It wasn't pretty or convincing, but the Celtics were able to outlast the pesky Pistons with a 105-100 win by outscoring Detroit 33-25 in the fourth quarter. When was the last time we could say the Celtics outscored and outplayed an opponent in the final quarter? The Celtics forced the Pistons into bad shots and stayed away from fouling while hitting their free throws and making big plays -- especially from Nate Robinson.

We are beginning to see more from Robinson and th...

It was the product of idle time more than anything else.

Doc Rivers had two whole days to let all the thoughts pass through his mind.

He could have replayed the film from the Celtics’ two worst losses of the season - a blowout against the Cavaliers and an embarrassment at the hands of the Nets - until he went blind.

He could have kept himself up all night thinking about what those losses meant.

Instead, he was thinking about how to make Nate Robinson an impact ...

The realist in Doc Rivers tells him the Celtics can’t continue this way. The stubborn, traditional coach who led a downtrodden franchise to its first title in 22 years says that change is for amateurs, those who never have played nor coached in the NBA.

Rivers is at a crossroads as the Celtics enter a critical stretch of the season. They are almost assured of one of the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference - barring a total collapse - and the first-round playoff opp...