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BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics overcame Detroits dominance inside by passing the ball precisely and protecting it better than they had all season. Adidas Basketball Shoes Wholesale . Rajon Rondo had 18 of Bostons season-high 38 assists and the Celtics committed just seven turnovers in a 118-111 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. "When one guy has it going as far as passing the ball, its contagious," said Rondo, who also scored 11 points and didnt 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. "Its good to see the body movement and the ball movement. I think weve 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 youve 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 6 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 Bostons lead to 78-63. The Celtics finished the period with eight 3s and led 95-84 entering the fourth. Monroes three-point play with 9:28 remaining cut Bostons 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 per cent 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: Drummonds 45 double-doubles are most for a Detroit player since Isiah Thomas had 47 in 1985-86. ... Humphries 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. Adidas Nmd Ireland . The Philadelphia left fielder clubbed a tiebreaking, solo home run in the seventh inning, and the Phillies edged the Red Sox, 2-1, in the middle test of a three-game interleague series at Citizens Bank Park. Wholesale Adidas Nmd Mens . - The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta reached agreement on a five-year contract Friday. . On Thursday theyll learn even more. Despite the cloud of uncertainty that has followed them around from the moment general manager Masai Ujiri was brought in to put his stamp on the franchise, the Raptors have surpassed all pre-season expectations.SAN FRANCISCO -- Two sailing powerhouses that have spent the summer trading verbal jabs are finally set to meet in the ultimate grudge match -- the Americas Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italys Luna Rossa again Sunday, capturing the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series 7-1 and advancing to the premier event against defending champion and bitter rival Oracle Team USA. The best-of-17 Americas Cup starts Sept 7. The Kiwis crushed the conditions and the competition in the challenger finals. The closest margin was 1 minute, 28 seconds, and Luna Rossas lone win came when Team New Zealand dropped out because the electronics system that controls the hydraulics of its catamaran failed. The Kiwis won the final race -- the lightest wind of the series thanks to a fog that blanketed San Francisco Bay -- by the largest margin: 3:20. "To win the Americas Cup, you have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup. And weve come here to win the Americas Cup," Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said. The Kiwis sounded their horn as they crossed the finish line and toasted sparkling wine on the boat from nearby Napa Valley while taking a victory lap near thousands who crowded the corner piers. The crew shared hugs and high-fives, and while theyll have a few days off to celebrate before practicing again, they know theres still more to accomplish. "We put a ban on long-distance travel. None of the boys are allowed to go to Vegas," Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies said. This is the fifth time since 1995 Team New Zealand has reached the Americas Cup match. The only time it didnt make it was 2010, which was a one-off between Oracle and Switzerlands Alinghi following a bitter court fight. Barker believes the challenger series helped his team learn the course and polish its performances, foiling faster -- and even upwind -- and pulling off more foiling gybes under all kinds of conditions. Oracle tactician Darren Bundock brushed that off, saying his team is better prepared because it has had closer competitions in two-boat practice races -- something no other team can do -- than anything the Kiwis faced in the challengers. In a race for the oldest active trophy in international sports, this years Americas Cup offers one of the more scintillating suubplots in recent times. Adidas Nmd Shoes Near Me. Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton, who also serves as a grinder even though hes 56, and Barker both accused Oracle Team USA of cheating after it was revealed the U.S. syndicate illegally modified its boats in the Americas Cup World Series, a warmup to this summers racing. Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who is CEO of Oracle Team USA, recently told The Associated Press that his syndicate is incredibly motivated because of Daltons barbs. "I dont have to give a motivational speech. This team is incredibly motivated to win. This has picked it up 10, 20, 30 notches. They can thank Grant Dalton," Coutts said. An international jury is expected to rule on the matter this week. Sanctions against Oracle could include a fine, forfeiture of races in the Americas Cup or disqualification from the regatta. Oracle even filed a protest alleging that the Kiwis had trespassed to gather information in the case. Team New Zealand responded that the allegation was "laughable." Oracle withdrew its protest. Additionally, Dalton and Coutts traded insults at a gala dinner in Auckland earlier this year. Dalton criticized Oracle Team USA owner Larry Ellison because his vision of a grand regatta with a dozen or more challengers fell far short, as the cost of the boats and the perceived peril of sailing them kept several competitors out. Coutts responded by criticizing Daltons record and wondering why New Zealand couldnt find someone younger to sail on the boat. Coutts, 51, who won the Americas Cup three times as a skipper and once as Oracle Team USAs CEO, doesnt sail on the U.S.-backed boat and didnt sail in the syndicates two-race sweep of Alinghi of Switzerland in the 2010 Americas Cup. Despite the country each represents, the crews are quite contrasting. Team New Zealand has a strong national identity, representing a small island nation where people are vastly outnumbered by sheep. Because they rely on government funding, the Kiwis have said Team New Zealand will cease to exist if it doesnt win the Americas Cup. Oracle, by comparison, has a multinational crew, including Australian-born skipper Jimmy Spithill. Only one American, tactician John Kostecki, was on Oracles crew when it won the Americas Cup in 2010. ' ' '

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