The C's clinched (for all intents and purposes) home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs with an impressive 90-78 win over Detroit, putting them 5 games up on the Pistons (in the loss column) with 23 games left.
Bill Russell's favorite modern player -- Kevin Garnett -- was a man among boys, especially in the first half when he made 8-of-12, and pistol-whipped both Rasheed Wallace and Amir Johnson.
But despite a slow start, the Pistons had a chance with a tie game early in the fourth quarter (69-69); but bad shot-selection by Detroit, together with foul trouble for Wallace, proved the death-knell.
New signee Sam Cassell did not dress for the game, although the Pistons did not seem to be too worried about his acquisition by the Cs:
"Defending pick-and-rolls is not Sam's forte" said Pistons coach Flip Saunders.
Rajon Rondo's effort, including a ferocious dunk on Jason Maxiell, meant that the competition for the 'crunch time' PG position is a long way from over.