BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett had 26 points and nine rebounds and Paul Pierce scored 22 points Tuesday night to lead Boston to an 88-79 victory over Detroit in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics' 15th straight home win.
Kendrick Perkins had 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo added 11 points
and seven assists for Boston, which earned home court through the
playoffs with a league-best 66-16 regular season record. The
Celtics rode that advantage to seven-game victories over Atlanta
and Cleveland and held serve in the opener against Detroit.
Game 2 is in Boston on Thursday night.
Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points and Antonio McDyess had 14
points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons.