Boston Celtics fall to the Detroit Pistons in the final game of their nine-game winning streak

BOSTON — The Boston CelticsThe first half of the season was spent blowing fourth quarter leads.

Wednesday night was a disappointing night for Boston. They lost an eight-point lead after giving up in the last four minutes. 112-111The Detroit PistonsTo snap the Celtics' winning streak of nine games.

Celtics forward Jaylen BrownAfter scoring 31 points, and dishing out six assists in defeat, she said. “Definitely a difficult game to win.

Detroit though, credit to them. They came prepared to play. They scored some hard baskets on the final stretch. Saddiq BeyTough step-back jumper at buzzer Jerami GrantWith the game at stake, they were able to come to play. They were the more worthy team tonight.”

Boston was the NBA's most popular team entering Wednesday night, having won nine consecutive games and 11 of their previous 12, and outscoring other teams by more that 20 points per game over that span. This includes a 48-point win in the Finals Philadelphia 76ersTuesday night The Celtics are playing without starters Robert Williams(calf). Marcus Smart(ankle), on the second night in a back-toback, looked sluggish during Wednesday's match against the Pistons (11-35)

The Celtics (34-26), however, were able to jump out to a 106 98 lead with 4 minutes to go in quarter four after a dominant dunk. Jayson TatumThey looked well on their way towards a win, but Detroit quickly responded with a 10-2, to tie the game.

It was a fast-paced battle that saw Detroit win the race on a difficult fall away jumper. Jerami GrantTatum, who was leading Detroit with 24 points, was defeated by Emmanuel – with 19 seconds left

Brown was then unable to win the overall top pick Cade CunninghamHe had 20 points, eight boards, six assists and a steal. Isaiah StewartDetroit was able to get the ball back and give the Celtics a final chance to tie it with 6.9 seconds left.

Tatum was able to isolate Grant at the top of his key, making Tatum's jumper widen. The Celtics entered the All-Star break feeling thud.

Celtics center: “They were very resilient throughout the night,” Al Horford said. “We would build a lead, and they'd return. With just eight minutes remaining, we talked about how if we tightened up and built a lead we would be in a good place. And that's exactly what we did. It was too much for us to finish. They made some tough shots. They were strong and resilient. They deserve credit.

The Celtics still have plenty to be happy about going into the break. They are in reach of securing homecourt in the first round after climbing out of the Eastern Conference playoff play-in mob. Importantly, stylistic changes that first-year coach ImeUdoka preached all year are starting to take root in recent weeks. They also have a new guard. Derrick WhiteIt seamlessly fits into Boston's rotating cast.

Even though Wednesday's loss was disappointing it wasn't something Udoka or the Celtics would take with them on their week off.

“[It's]Udoka stated that bittersweet is her favorite flavor. It will definitely leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Let's take a look back and see what we accomplished during this streak. Tonight, it didn't work out. As I mentioned, it was not as crisp defensively or offensively.

“But, I did tell them that it was congrats for what we've accomplished [after the game]. It would be nice to close it off in the right way. You can take a break and reflect on what you have in store. Nine is complete. It would have been nice to close it the right way, but there are still big things in store.

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