Al Horford returns from nine-game injury layoff to lift Celtics over Pistons
Celtics big man Al Horford scores on a dunk as Pistons defenders look on. AP 

AL Horford made an impact in his return from injury layoff, hitting shot with 1.3 second left to lift the Boston Celtics to a 94-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday in Michigan (Sunday, Manila time).

Horford, back after nine games out due to a concussion sustained during practice, played 34 minutes, coming up with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics bounced back from a loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Isaiah Thomas scored 24 and made eight assists, while Avery Bradley had 13 points for Boston, which scored its seventh win in 13 outings.

Jae Crowder returned from an eight-game absence due to ankle sprain, started and scored nine points on 3 of 9 shooting in 27 minutes of action.

The Pistons skidded to a third straight loss.

Marcus Morris scored 24 and Andre Drummond had a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost eight of 14 games.

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