Celtics eliminate Pistons from race, 113-103

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Isaiah Thomas had a season-high 34 points as the Boston Celtics picked up a key victory and eliminated Detroit from playoff contention, beating the Pistons 113-103 Wednesday night.

Thomas needed only 17 shots to put up his huge numbers, going 10 for 17 from the floor. He hit four of his eight 3-pointers, and went 10 for 11 from the line.

The victory kept Boston in the Eastern Conference’s eighth spot.

Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, who had already been guaranteed the first losing season of his coaching career, will also miss the postseason for the first time.

Jae Crowder added 17 for Boston, while Reggie Jackson had 21 points and 15 assists. Greg Monroe had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, and Andre Drummond added 22 points and 14 rebounds.