Celtics25332319 -- 100Pistons23252938 -- 115

Chauncey Billups scored 17 of his 25 points in the third quarter to help Detroit improve to 7-0.

The Pistons overcame a 13-point deficit to record the third-best start in team history, trailing the 1970-71 (9-0) team and the championship team of 1988-89 (8-0).

Boston

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24043-819-116-372624100Pierce 38:279-182-20-73323LaFrentz 29:084-62-20-90411Blount 32:447-131-20-12315West 30:422-80-01-4564RDavis 41:4514-212-33-59231Gomes 15:010-10-00-3100Jefferson 16:105-70-01-50010Dickau 17:421-30-01-2342Scalabrine 12:041-40-00-1112Reed 4:090-02-20-0112Greene 1:040-00-00-0100Perkins 1:040-00-00-0000

Percentages: FG .531, FT .818. Three-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Pierce 3-5, R.Davis 1-1, LaFrentz 1-2, West 0-1, Scalabrine 0-1). Blocked Shots: 2 (Blount 2). Turnovers: 14 (Blount 4, Dickau 3, Pierce 2, R.Davis 2, LaFrentz, Gomes, Scalabrine). Steals: 2 (R.Davis, Jefferson). Flagrant fouls: Dickau, 9:08 fourth.

Detroit

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24046-9118-2312-422818115Prince 41:256-113-60-34315RWallace 40:538-213-34-142320BWallace 37:283-64-44-93110Hamilton 37:5211-222-21-23325Billups 37:068-166-70-410225Evans 10:082-30-01-3114Milicic 5:082-30-02-3014Delfino 6:590-00-00-1000McDyess 11:031-30-00-2032Arroyo 10:544-50-10-1508Maxiell 1:041-10-00-0012

Percentages: FG .505, FT .783. Three-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Billups 3-7, Hamilton 1-1, R.Wallace 1-6, Prince 0-3). Blocked Shots: 4 (B.Wallace 3, R.Wallace). Turnovers: 10 (Hamilton 2, Prince 2, R.Wallace 2, Billups, Milicic, McDyess, Evans). Steals: 9 (B.Wallace 3, R.Wallace 3, Arroyo 2, Billups). Technical Fouls: Evans, 23.2 second.

A: 22,076 (22,076). T: 2:08.