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Rondo has 18 assists, Celtics beat Pistons, 118-111

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) passes in front of Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) passes in front of Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe, left, looks to shoot past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe, left, looks to shoot past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) goes up to shoot past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) goes up to shoot past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Chris Johnson (12) loses control of the ball against Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Chris Johnson (12) loses control of the ball against Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) shoots in front of Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) shoots in front of Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Josh Smith (6) drives past Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Josh Smith (6) drives past Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) keeps tha ball away from Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) keeps tha ball away from Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) and Brandon Jennings (7) react to a foul in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) and Brandon Jennings (7) react to a foul in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) goes up to shoot past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) goes up to shoot past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons John Loyer reacts in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons John Loyer reacts in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) reacts after scoring in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) reacts after scoring in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens watches play in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens watches play in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jerryd Bayless (11) watches play in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jerryd Bayless (11) watches play in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) shoots between Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) and Jeff Green (8) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) shoots between Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) and Jeff Green (8) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jerryd Bayless (11) drives past Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler (25) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jerryd Bayless (11) drives past Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler (25) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk drives past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk drives past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) shoots over Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) shoots over Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) keeps tha ball away from Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) keeps tha ball away from Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) looks to move against Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) looks to move against Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons head coach John Loyer talks with his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons head coach John Loyer talks with his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Referees Tre Maddox, left, Dick Bavetta, center, and Bill Kennedy talk during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Referees Tre Maddox, left, Dick Bavetta, center, and Bill Kennedy talk during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries, right, drives past Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries, right, drives past Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler (25) loses control of the ball in front of Boston Celtics' Chris Johnson (12) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler (25) loses control of the ball in front of Boston Celtics' Chris Johnson (12) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) passes in front of Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe, left, looks to shoot past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) goes up to shoot past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Chris Johnson (12) loses control of the ball against Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) shoots in front of Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Josh Smith (6) drives past Boston Celtics' Jeff Green (8) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) keeps tha ball away from Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) and Brandon Jennings (7) react to a foul in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) goes up to shoot past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons John Loyer reacts in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk (41) reacts after scoring in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens watches play in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jerryd Bayless (11) watches play in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) shoots between Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries (43) and Jeff Green (8) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) drives past Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jerryd Bayless (11) drives past Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler (25) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kelly Olynyk drives past Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) shoots over Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond (0) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) keeps tha ball away from Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo (9) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe (10) looks to move against Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger (7) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons head coach John Loyer talks with his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Referees Tre Maddox, left, Dick Bavetta, center, and Bill Kennedy talk during a timeout in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Celtics won 118-111. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Kris Humphries, right, drives past Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Detroit Pistons' Kyle Singler (25) loses control of the ball in front of Boston Celtics' Chris Johnson (12) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics overcame Detroit’s dominance inside by passing the ball precisely and protecting it better than they had all season.

Rajon Rondo had 18 of Boston’s season-high 38 assists and the Celtics committed just seven turnovers in a 118-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night.

“When one guy has it going as far as passing the ball, it’s contagious,” said Rondo, who also scored 11 points and didn’t turn the ball over. “We scored a bunch of points tonight. We kept on pushing. We played free and just had fun.”

Jeff Green scored 27 points, Kris Humphries had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk added 18 points off the bench for the Celtics in their second-highest scoring output of the season.

Jerryd Bayless had 15 points and Jared Sullinger 14 for the Celtics, who got at least one assist from every player that entered the game.

“I think we do have a pretty unselfish group moving the ball. We missed a couple of extra passes, but not very many,” Boston Coach Brad Stevens said. “It’s good to see the body movement and the ball movement. I think we’ve been pretty active on that end of the floor.”

Josh Smith had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons and was one of three Detroit players with double-doubles. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds and Greg Monroe finished with 22 points and 14 boards. Will Bynum added 18 points off the bench for the Pistons, who have lost seven of eight and 10 of their last 12.

“I think that our effort level needs to be a little bit harder,” Bynum said. “I think maybe we need to play with a sense of urgency. We are trying to make the playoffs.”

Detroit controlled the game inside, outrebounding Boston 54-39 and outscoring the Celtics 64-44 in the paint. However, the Pistons committed 16 turnovers and could not cool off the Celtics once they started hitting shots.

Boston shot 15-for-22 in the third quarter, including eight 3-pointers, in its highest scoring game since beating Orlando, 120-105, on Nov. 11.

“Sometimes we close out hoping they miss and I thought down the stretch of the game, we closed out trying to make them miss,” Detroit Coach John Loyer said. “We dared them to shoot the basketball and they had a very good shooting night, but you’ve got to adjust as the game goes on and guys are shooting the ball.”

Boston beat the Pistons for the first time in three meetings this season.

Detroit had rallied from 21 points down to win in Boston on Dec. 18, but the Celtics were able to hold off the Pistons each time they rallied down the stretch this time.

After going 2-for-14 from 3-point range in the first half, the Celtics made five from beyond the arc in the first six minutes of the third quarter.

Smith pulled Detroit to 69-63 on a 3-pointer with 7:27 left in the period, the Green made back-to-back 3s followed by another from Bayless to stretch Boston’s lead to 78-63. The Celtics finished the period with eight 3s and led 95-84 entering the fourth.

Monroe’s three-point play with 9:28 remaining cut Boston’s lead to 97-89, then Bynum pulled up for a jumper on a fast break to get the Pistons within six.

Detroit stayed within reach and pulled to 113-109 on two free throws by Bynum, but the Pistons had to foul and Humphries sealed it by making two from the line.

The Celtics shot 50 percent in the second quarter and led by 13, but Detroit closed the half on a 9-2 run to pull within 57-49 at the break.

NOTES

∎ Drummond’s 45 double-doubles are the most for a Detroit player since Isiah Thomas had 47 in 1985-86.

∎ Humphries’s previous high this season was 19 points.

∎ Rondo reached 4,101 career assists, passing Bill Russell (4,100) for fifth place in team history.

∎ Boston finished with just seven turnovers.

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