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Jae Crowder
Thomas-led Celtics eliminate Pistons from playoff contention with 113-103 win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The Detroit Pistons were mathematically eliminated from playoff consideration with a 113-103 loss to the Boston Celtics Wednesday at the Palace. Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas buried the Pistons with 34 points on 10-for-17 shooting in 29 minutes to push the Pistons to six games behind the eighth-seeded Celtics (36-42) with four games remaining. Andre Drummond, who was angered early in the game after being yanked for failing to get back on defense, led the Pistons (30-48) with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Reggie Jackson finished with 21 points and 15 assists and Greg Monroe returned after missing 11 games with a right knee strain and contributed 19 points and 10...