Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NBA ; Caldwell-Pope Scores 25 as Balanced Pistons Beat Celtics

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NBA ; Caldwell-Pope Scores 25 as Balanced Pistons Beat Celtics

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BOSTON - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead balanced scoring that carried the Detroit Pistons to a 121-114 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds, one night after he was ejected in the second quarter of a victory at Charlotte for a flagrant-2 foul.

Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 27 points, and Kelly Olynyk scored a season-high 19. Boston had won five of seven.

Marcus Morris had 20 points and Ish Smith 19 for the Pistons, who had lost eight of their first nine road games before winning away from home on consecutive nights.

Detroit used a 9-0 spree midway through the fourth quarter to open a 103-95 edge with 5:08 to play after Boston went on an 11-0 run to take its first lead since early in the opening period. Morris and Harris each hit a 3-pointer during the Pistons' spurt.

Detroit pushed its lead to 112-101 on Smith's basket before Boston closed within four points in the final 30 seconds.

The Pistons were shooting over 55 percent midway through the third quarter and opened their biggest lead of the game, 90-80, on Jon Leuer's dunk.

Boston center Al Horford returned after missing Monday's win at Miami due to the birth of his second child. He scored nine points.

Raptors 120, Grizzlies 105

TORONTO - Kyle Lowry had 29 points and eight assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and the Toronto Raptors ended the Memphis Grizzlies' six-game road winning streak with a win of their own.

Cory Joseph added 16 points off the bench for the Raptors, who defeated Memphis for the third straight time and for the sixth time in their last seven meetings. It was the fourth straight victory overall for the Raptors, their longest winning streak of the season.

Andrew Harrison had 21 points and Troy Daniels added 19 off the bench for the injury-riddled Grizzlies, who were missing six regulars. Among the absent is star Mike Conley, who was ruled out for at least six weeks Tuesday with fractured vertebrae in his lower back. The Memphis guard was injured during Monday's loss to Charlotte.

Memphis could have tied the franchise record of seven consecutive road wins, set in the 2009-10 season, with a victory.

The Raptors seized control midway through the fourth quarter on back-to-back 3-pointers from Patrick Patterson and Joseph over a 1:01 span for a seven-point lead. A trio of Lowry free throws quickly pushed that advantage up to eight, and a DeMarre Carroll's 3- pointer with 4:10 remaining made it a 12-point edge.

Knicks 106, Timberwolves 104

MINNEAPOLIS - Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling duel with Karl-Anthony Towns, helping the New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a game-winning 18- footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds to play, helping the Knicks avoid what would have been an epic collapse in the fourth quarter. …

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