Rajon Rondo was able to extend his streak of 10 or more assists to 34 straight games, but that was the only good news for the Celtics, who dropped a 103-83 decision to the Pistons on Sunday night in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Celtics were outscored in the second and third quarters by a combined 48-32 margin after getting out to a 25-23 lead after the first quarter. The Celts, who were playing their fourth game in five days, allowed Detroit to shoot 54 percent from the floor while being outrebounded 39-30.
Jared Sullinger led all Celtics with 16 points off the bench, with Kevin Garnett netting 15 points in just 20 minutes.
But while Rondo made five of his seven shots from the field, the rest of the Celtics backcourt struggled. Starting shooting guard Jason Terry went just 1-of-6 from the field, while backup point guard Leandro Barbosa made just 1-of-6 shots.
Rondo finished with 10 assists, but the Celtics could manage just two additional assists as a team, with Barbosa and Jeff Green collecting one apiece.
The Pistons, who came into the game with just one win in 10 attempts, were led by Greg Monroe, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Monroe was a big reason for Detroit's 44 points in the paint.
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