Jan 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Dwight Howard (12) reaches for a rebound over Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 104 Boston Celtics 92-Recap

 

It took a couple of games, but the Houston Rockets were finally able to find their old ways, shooting 42 percent(8 for 19) from behind the 3-point line, recorded 24 team assists, and dominated down low(58-36 advantage in points in the paint) en route to a 104-92 win over the Boston Celtics.

All 5 starters were in double digits for the Rockets, as Dwight Howard lead the way with 32 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden added 16 points. Jeremy Lin scored 16 points and dished out 9 assists, while Chandler Parsons returned to the lineup to finish with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Terrence Jones also recorded his 11th double-double of the season as he scored 12 points and pulled down 12 boards.

 

Houston Rockets
STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Dwight Howard, PF 37 11-17 0-1 10-18 3 8 11 2 0 1 2 2 +8 32
Terrence Jones, PF 37 6-11 0-0 0-2 5 7 12 0 2 3 1 2 +18 12
Chandler Parsons, SF 39 5-13 2-3 2-2 0 7 7 4 1 0 1 3 +14 14
Jeremy Lin, PG 35 5-7 1-2 5-6 0 1 1 9 3 0 1 3 +4 16
James Harden, SG 38 6-18 2-6 2-2 1 6 7 3 0 3 3 2 +12 16
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Ronnie Brewer, SF 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -4 0
Omri Casspi, SF 23 4-9 3-5 1-2 0 6 6 3 0 0 3 3 -2 12
Aaron Brooks, PG 15 0-2 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 +2 2
Francisco Garcia, SG 11 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 +8 0
Greg Smith, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Donatas Motiejunas, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Omer Asik, C DNP
Isaiah Canaan, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
37-79 8-19 22-34 10 36 46 24 6 9 11 16 104
46.8% 42.1% 64.7%
Fast break points:   17
Points in the paint:   58
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   15 (10)

Boston Celtics

STARTERS MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Kris Humphries, PF 21 2-7 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 2 0 3 1 1 -15 4
Jared Sullinger, PF 23 3-11 0-3 2-2 6 4 10 1 0 1 1 5 -9 8
Jeff Green, SF 28 2-10 0-1 0-0 0 6 6 0 0 0 4 1 -12 4
Avery Bradley, PG 34 11-21 2-7 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 1 1 2 -10 24
Jordan Crawford, SG 25 3-11 0-3 7-7 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 4 -11 13
BENCH MIN FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Brandon Bass, PF 25 6-15 0-0 2-3 3 4 7 0 0 0 1 4 +8 14
Gerald Wallace, SF 20 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 -2 2
Kelly Olynyk, C 22 2-5 0-0 0-0 4 3 7 0 2 0 0 4 -9 4
Vitor Faverani, C 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 -1 0
Phil Pressey, PG 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 -7 0
Jerryd Bayless, PG 24 7-13 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 4 2 1 2 0 +1 17
MarShon Brooks, SG 12 1-4 0-1 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 2 +7 2
Keith Bogans, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FG 3PFG FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
38-101 3-17 13-14 15 35 50 17 8 7 13 26 92
37.6% 17.6% 92.9%
Fast break points:   13
Points in the paint:   36
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   15 (17)

 

The Rockets started off slow, shooting just 29 percent(7 for 24) from the field in the 1st quarter, but only trailed 27-19. The second quarter, however, would be the complete opposite: 33 points, 58 percent(11 for 19) shooting from the field, and the Rockets took a comfortable 53-43 halftime lead that would stretch to 19 points by the end of the 3rd quarter.

The Celtics showed some life, starting the 4th quarter on a 16-9 run to cut the lead to 93-80 with under 6 minutes remaining. Jerryd Bayless then converted on a 3-point lead to make the score 93-83 before going to the Hack-A-Howard. The Rockets would survive the span as Howard hit 6 of 12 from the free throw line, but Bayless, who scored 15 of his 17 points in the 4th, would keep the Celtics within striking distance, cutting the lead to 100-92 with 2 minutes left.

Lin then scored on a layup, and a Bayless turnover on the ensuing Celtics possession turned into an easy lay in for Jones on the other end to stretch the Rockets lead to 104-92 to put the game away.

 

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