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  • Singler, Pistons beat Celtics

  • AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit has had double-digit leads in all four of its home games this season.
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  • AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Detroit has had double-digit leads in all four of its home games this season.
    Kyle Singler and the Pistons finally held on to one Sunday night.
    After blowing late leads to Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Orlando, the Pistons (2-9) pulled away down the stretch to beat the Boston Celtics 103-83.
    The Celtics, playing their fourth game in five nights, hit only four 3-pointers and trailed by as many as 22 points.
    "We knew what their schedule situation was, and we wanted to take advantage," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "Boston was still ultra-competitive tonight, but we were able to get key stops, and that opened everything up for us. We've gotten both of our wins with a tough defensive mindset. That's the only way this team is going to consistently win games."
    Singler, a former South Medford standout, had 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting. The starting small forward added two rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action.
    Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Jason Maxiell added 15 points. Detroit had six players in double figures and shot 54.5 percent for the night.
    "I think those (home) games opened our eyes," Monroe said. "Those were all games we should have won, and we could have controlled them. I wouldn't say losing them was a good thing, but it was an eye-opener."
    Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with 16 points, while Kevin Garnett had 15.
    "We can't use the schedule as an excuse — this is the NBA and you have to play stretches like this," Garnett said. "But when you see as many shots hit the front of the rim as we had tonight, you know that you don't have your legs. You just have to fight through it, and we didn't do that tonight."
    The only consolation for the Celtics was that, due to a concentrated effort in the fourth quarter, Rajon Rondo finished with 10 assists. That extended his double-digit streak to 34 games, the third longest in league history, but required Boston running a bizarre small-ball offense for the last several minutes designed strictly to get him assists.
    "Why not?" Boston coach Doc Rivers asked. "The press keeps talking about it, so I figured I would give him a shot at it. The funny thing was that the harder we tried, the worse we got at it."
    Lakers 119, Rockets 108
    At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th career triple-double, and the revitalized Los Angeles Lakers ran past the Houston Rockets for their fourth victory in five games since firing coach Mike Brown.
    Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Pau Gasol scored his 15,000th career point among his 17 as the Lakers returned to .500 by running away from their second straight opponent since coach Mike D'Antoni took over their practices.
    D'Antoni watched his second straight game from the Lakers' locker room while interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff ran the bench. D'Antoni decided earlier Sunday to delay his debut, giving him a few more days to recover from recent knee replacement surgery.
    Chandler Parsons scored 24 and James Harden 20 for the Rockets, who have lost six of eight.
    Bickerstaff improved to 4-1 while filling in for Brown and D'Antoni, who announced the longtime NBA coach and executive will remain on his staff.
    Thunder 119, Warriors 109
    At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant notched his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists to lead Oklahoma City past Golden State.
    The three-time NBA scoring champion has endured some growing pains this season trying to improve his floor game, with a bump in his assist number coinciding with an increase in his turnovers, too. He came in averaging four turnovers per game, the fourth-worst in the league.
    He turned it over just twice in this one.
    Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and David Lee had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
    Russell Westbrook had 30 points and Kevin Martin scored 23 for Oklahoma City.
    Knicks 88, Pacers 76
    At New York, Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds to help New York bounce back from its first loss of the season with a win over Indiana.
    Paul George scored 20 points Indiana, which played without leading scorer Danny Granger.
    Nets 99, Kings 90
    At Sacramento, Calif., reserve forward Andray Blatche scored 22 points to lead Brooklyn over Sacramento for its fifth straight win.
    DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points for the Kings, who have dropped five straight.
    Raptors 97, Magic 86
    At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Amir Johnson had 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto over slumping Orlando.
    Andrea Bargnani had 17 points, Linas Kleiza scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth and Jose Calderon had a season-high 18 assists for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous seven home meetings with Orlando.
    76ers 86, Cavaliers 79
    At Philadelphia, Evan Turner had 19 points and nine assists to lead Philadelphia over reeling Cleveland.
    Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday each added 14 points for the Sixers, who've won two straight and five of seven.
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