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Rodney Stuckey scores 26 points to lead Pistons

Rodney Stuckey from Kentwood High School came off the bench to score 26 points and help the Detroit Pistons rally for a 115-111 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.


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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Rodney Stuckey from Kentwood High School came off the bench to score 26 points and help the Detroit Pistons rally for a 115-111 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

The Pistons trailed by as many as 19 points in third quarter and were down 95-85 at the start of the fourth before going on a 15-4 run that gave them their first lead since early in the game. The teams traded the lead several times before Stuckey made a pair of free throws with 57 seconds left to break a 111-all tie.

Jerryd Bayless tried for a go-ahead shot in the final seconds but his three-point try rimmed out.

Stuckey, who also played at Eastern Washington, hit 10 of 12 free throws.

CLEVELAND — Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats clinched a playoff spot with a 96-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Charlotte is in the postseason for the second time in its 10-year history and the first time since 2010. The Bobcats (39-38) are over .500 for the second time this season and hold seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 44 points, but the loss further damaged Cleveland’s slim playoff hopes. The Cavaliers (31-47) trail eighth-place Atlanta by 3½ games for the final playoff spot in the East.

Irving defended himself before the game over reports he’s unhappy in Cleveland.

Notes

Arron Afflalo scored 18 points and Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless added 17 apiece to lead the host Orlando Magic to a 100-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Garnett scored 10 points in his first game in more than five weeks to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the host Philadelphia 76ers 105-101.

D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, Joakim Noah had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls turned a possible first-round playoff preview into a laugher, never trailing in a 96-78 win over the host Washington Wizards.

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the host Milwaukee Bucks 102-98 to keep pace in the hunt for playoff position.



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