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Watch: Al Horford delivers towering block in the final second to give the Celtics the win

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Al Horford's start to life in Boston has been hampered by injury, but last night against the Detroit Pistons, the Green and White got a small sample of why they shelled out $113 million for the center.

The 30-year-old put up 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on his return to the fold and the Dominican forward was extremely influential in the closing stages of the game.

The Celtics became the first time to win at The Palace of Auburn Hills this season when they dealt Detroit a 94-92 loss.

Horford was a primary reason behind the loss and his layup with time ticking on the clock is what gave Boston a two-point cushion they would not give up.

However, with the final play of the game, the four-time All-Star would make another vital contribution.

After the Pistons found Jon Leuer from an inbound pass following a timeout, the big man attempted a jump shot, only for the enormous reach of Horford to block his shot in the very final second and give the Celtics the win.

Horford joined from the Atlanta Hawks during free agency in the summer, and it's good for him as well the Celtics that the big name acquisition is making an impact.

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