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.
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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.
• 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.