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"I would prefer not to play either" Iverson or Billups, Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "Allen, in the middle of the first, it was like, 'Slow down.' I'm amazed by that guy every time I see him play. The speed and endurance that he has every night is remarkable."
Kevin Garnett scored 15 in his return from a one-game suspension, and Kendrick Perkins had 10 rebounds before both teams emptied their benches down the stretch.
After scoring 13 of the first 15 points in the game, Detroit then they made just a single free throw over the next four minutes and Rondo answered with three baskets to help Boston tie the game 14-all.
The Celtics scored the first seven points of the second quarter and opened a 40-27 lead with 5:13 left in the half. It was 49-40 at halftime and Boston went on an 18-5 run in the third to turn a 10-point lead into a 75-52 blowout.
Notes: Detroit has been held under 90 points five straight times against Boston. ... Boston finished with Patrick O'Bryant and Gabe Pruitt on the floor. ... Every Celtic on the roster had at least one point and one rebound.
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