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Pistons 103, Celtics 83

Exhausted Celtics get pounded by hapless Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – It might as well had been the original Bad Boys out there Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Thomas, Rodman, Laimbeer, Dumars and Mahorn would have been proud of their younger brethren for their methodical pounding of an exhausted Celtics team that played with little passion.

After they looked determined to overcome fatigue with a spirited first quarter, the Celtics were inept offensively over the next two frames and looked like a team playing its fourth game in five nights. The Pistons, losers of nine of their first 10 games, looked nearly flawless, punishing the Celtics 103-83, scoring with relative ease against a flustered opponent.

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