Posted Dec 31 2013 631AM PORTLAND, Ore. AP Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers made his final call Thursday night when he said he does not want to get into trouble for making the most fouls following his team's 10771 defeat to the Detroit Pistons.

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Posted Dec 31 2013 6:31AM PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers made his final call Thursday night when he said he does not want to get into trouble for making the most fouls following his team’s 107-71 defeat to the Detroit Pistons. Rivers, who has been at his game since August 24 and is the former MVP of the 2010 NBA Finals, has not publicly discussed his concerns about the fouls on Wednesday, which he said were called in his stead as the Celtics fought back for a 103-89 victory on a 2-for-3 stretch to start the third quarter. “I want to be fair here,” Rivers said Friday morning when asked if he still feels he has to make decisions like that. “That’s where the game has to end. I want the game to end and I want to be part of the solution and get them off our back if we have any need that way that night.” Rivers told reporters after the game that he wanted a balanced game and has always said that was his calling after Detroit’s season-ending 112-115 loss to the Pistons on the opening night of the 2012-13 season. “I wasn’t trying to be overly harsh, that’s just business as usual. It’s business as usual for me,” Rivers said. “We’ve done it this all year. It’s about getting it going and trying to go forward.” It was his 13th 3-pointer of the season and last in the season series after coming off a season-opening 23-of-21 3-pointers, and his sixth in 12 games during his first three seasons of prominence as general manager. He also has won over some of his closest teammates on the East Coast. Before the game, Iman Shumpert had called Rivers a “very, very good coach,” a compliment with which he acknowledged he is not used to when talking to his coaches about his teammates. … Celtics forward Chris Webber, who led the team against the Pistons, said in an interview that he has been “very good with him lately” and his confidence is in part due to his recent performance at the NBA Finals. “I feel good about the way this game went. I’m disappointed in both of us,” Webber said. “I was really hungry at first, actually watching video on tape and watching the media. But just by the way the refs made it very hard. They didn’t know what I was doing. And obviously we’ve been looking at it and we’ve taken care of it throughout the year, as well.” … Pistons veteran guard Marcus Morris, who scored three times in the team’s game with seven points, didn’t talk about he feels defensive issues he is struggling with as he is recovering from injured ribs. “I told them last year. ‘That’s just your teammates, you have to focus on what you’re doing’ and I think that’s what he did. We played with a lot of guys tonight. We felt a little more confident in ourselves tonight, and I thought our guys played a great game.” The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference standings, 45-38. New York had not lost the series since Jan. 12, 2009, when they went to Detroit with a 106-105 win (12-12) at AT&T Center and had reached the Western Conference Finals through Game 3. The Celtics had held the Pistons to 23 points on 5-for-9 shooting in the series. Detroit forward Reggie Jackson posted a team-high 24 points to help the Pistons finish with 19 points and nine assists. … The Celtics had dropped back to sixth in the Western Conference, where they are 5-6 this season, after getting swept twice after they led 102-100 at home in the 2002-‘03 season finale. Boston tied its longest-ever winning streak with 28 when it won back-to-back home games, including a 70-51 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 24, 1984. Chicago won eight of its 17. … It had been difficult to make sense of the final game with Detroit, going 5-3 during its final 6 1/2 games. The Celtics were 9-3 when dealing with the Pistons’ 106-105 home win in February. … Detroit had dropped nine consecutive meetings between the teams in the series. … The Celtics scored on 7.2 turnovers per game in the second half; and 10. They posted 28 turnovers with just 11.5 in the period and were down 24 for the first. … Detroit after Boston scored 31 and the Pacers scored on 12 on

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