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Boston Celtics score late win in Detroit

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016

Al Horford's follow-up shot with 1.3 seconds left gave the Boston Celtics a 94-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and eight assists for Boston, while Horford added 18 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday night (Sunday AEDT) in the Pistons' first home defeat of the NBA season.

Marcus Morris led Detroit with 24 points and Andre Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds.

The teams traded the lead for most of the fourth quarter, and Kentavious Caldwell Pope's three-pointer - his first basket of the game - gave the Pistons an 87-86 lead with 1:54 left.

The teams traded dunks, and Thomas hit a lay-up over Drummond with 1:10 to play to make it 90-89.

Caldwell-Pope missed an open three, making him one for seven on the night, and Drummond fouled Thomas on another drive.

He made both free throws with 30.5 seconds left to give the Celtics a three-point lead, but Tobias Harris hit a tying three-pointer.

Jae Crowder missed a baseline three and Marcus Smart missed a tip-in, but Horford got to the ball and his tip dropped with 1.3 seconds left.

Horford then blocked Australian Aron Baynes' jumper at the buzzer.

The Philadelphia 76ers registered only their third win of the season with a 120-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Joel Embiid led the way for Philadelphia with 26 points and seven rebounds.

A late surge saw the Orlando Magic win 97-87 against the Dallas Mavericks while Anthony Davis contributed 38 points and 16 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans secured a 121-116 overtime victory against the Charlotte Hornets.

Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 18 rebounds and Goran Dragic scored 22 points to help the Miami Heat beat fellow strugglers the Washington Wizards 114-111.

Meanwhile, Anthony Davis had 38 points and 16 rebounds to help New Orleans beat Charlotte 121-116 in overtime for their second straight win.

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