AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Greg Monroe had 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons won for just the second time this season, 103-83, over the Boston Celtics at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday.
Jason Maxiell contributed 15 points for the Pistons, who had six double-figure scorers, while Kyle Singler and Rodney Stuckey had 14 apiece.
Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 10 assists while Kevin Garnett supplied a team-high 15 points for Boston (6-5), which had won four of its last five.
The Pistons (2-9) squandered double-digit, second-half leads in their previous three home games but didn't fall apart after opening up a big third-quarter lead Sunday.
Maxiell scored six points in the first five minutes of the second half, including a pair of mid-range jumpers, as the Pistons built upon their five-point halftime lead. When Tayshaun Prince made a baseline jumper with 5:17 left in the third, Detroit's lead was up to 12, 63-51.
An 8-0 run that included four Stuckey free throws and an Andre Drummond fast-break layup bumped the Pistons' lead to 18 points. Detroit carried a 14-point advantage into the fourth and was up at least 12 the rest of the way.
The teams traded baskets and turnovers most of the first half, with neither team leading by more than seven until the final minute. Rondo answered a late Detroit 6-0 run with a 3-pointer as the Pistons led 48-43 at halftime.
Monroe and Corey Maggette had eight points apiece, allowing Detroit to overcome 12 first-half turnovers. Rondo had 10 points and five assists in the first half but also committed three of Boston's eight turnovers. Rondo was coming off the sixth 20-assist game of his career against Toronto Saturday, one more than all players in franchise history combined.
Detroit's late run was fueled by Maxiell, who blocked a Rondo shot and made an 18-foot jumper. Maxiell finished the first half with seven points and six rebounds.
NOTES: The Pistons were 1-10 after 11 games in two previous seasons, 1962-63 and 1980-81. They started out 2-9 during the lockout-shortened season a year ago and finished 25-41. ... Boston reserve center and former Piston Darko Milicic missed the game for personal reasons. ... Rondo's streak of 33 consecutive games with 10 or more assists entering Sunday was third all-time behind Magic Johnson's 46 (spanning the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons) and John Stockton's 37 (spanning the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons). ... Monroe averaged 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds against the Celtics last season when Detroit won the season series, 2-1.