AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Paul Pierce scored 18 points as part of a balanced attack as Boston beat Detroit 90-81 Tuesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1988.
Kenny Anderson added 17 points, Antoine Walker, who fouled out, had 16, Rodney Rogers scored 14 and Tony Battie added 10 as the Celtics improved to 21-0 when playing a Game 5 with a 3-1 lead.
Detroit's Chucky Atkins scored 22 points, Corliss Williamson scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Michael Curry added 15.
While Celtics stars Walker and Pierce were in foul trouble, Detroit's lone star had an off night. Jerry Stackhouse scored just eight points on 3-of-18 shooting.