Boston got 22 points from Paul Pierce en route to an 86-82 victory over Detroit on Wednesday at TD Garden.
Boston won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 12-point spread. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 191.5.
Boston got 12 points from Shaquille O'Neal and another 11 points from Kevin Garnett. Rajon Rondo contributed 8 assists, while Shaquille O'Neal cleaned the glass with 12 rebounds.
The Pistons got a 15-point performance from Rodney Stuckey, who was supported by 13 points from Greg Monroe. Tracy McGrady had 7 assists in a losing cause for Detroit, while Greg Monroe grabbed 9 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Detroit were victorious, as the score was 45-42 at the break.
Boston won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 47-34.
Boston looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Jazz. The Pistons will aim to get back on the winning track at New Jersey.