Pistons snap Celtics’ home run

LOS ANGELES: Tobias Harris tallied 31 points as the Detroit Pistons halted the Boston Celtics’ eight-game home win streak with a 118-108 victory in a battle between the two top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Andre Drummond posted 26 points, a season-high 22 rebounds and six assists as the Pistons went on a late 13-3 surge to seal the victory and spoil the start of Boston’s five-game homestand.
“Tonight was just a great night overall for all of us,” said Drummond. “We really wanted to beat these guys. We gave them our best shot and came out with a great win.”
It was the first meeting of the teams since the Celtics traded Avery Bradley to Detroit along with a second-round pick in exchange for Marcus Morris during the off-season. Bradley, who heard cheers from the Boston Garden crowd, and Morris both scored 13 points. Bradley also had five assists.
For Drummond, it was his fourth game of 22 rebounds in 10 career contests in the Garden.
Detroit guard Reggie Jackson finished with 20 points and seven assists in the win.
Elsewhere, LeBron James tallied 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 113-91.
Dwyane Wade came off the bench to score 15 points for Cleveland, who won their eighth straight contest to improve to 13-7 on the season.
Cleveland owned a 57-30 advantage in points from non-starters and held the Sixers to 37.5 percent shooting, including three-for-28 from beyond the arc.
Cleveland shot 48.2 per cent, including 40.5 per cent from three-point range.
Joel Embiid led Philadelphia, which saw a three-game winning streak halted, with 30 points and 11 rebounds.
Rookie sensation Ben Simmons, of Australia, was limited to 10 points and eight rebounds before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle.
Struggling Grizzlies sack Fizdale
The struggling Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale and named JB Bickerstaff as his interim replacement on Monday.
Memphis is in the midst of an eight-game NBA losing streak and holds a 7-12 record this season after making the playoffs last season.
“After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide the team and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said.
“Coach Fizdale represented the Grizzlies and City of Memphis proudly, and we wish him well as he continues his career.”
Fizdale has recorded a 50-51 mark since being named the 13th head coach in franchise history in May 2016.
Bickerstaff served as Memphis’ associate head coach. He spent five seasons with the Houston Rockets (2011-16), also served as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-11). — AFP