Nov 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Jeff Green (8) controls the ball during the first quarter as Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets 109 Boston Celtics 85
It was just one of those nights where everything seemed to click. Having 2 off-days also appeared to have really paid off for the Rockets as they started the game going on an 18-1 run, en route to a 40 point first quarter. But unlike recent games where double-digit leads were blown, the Rockets maintained the pace and lead 68-44 at halftime, while shooting over 72 percent(26-36) from the field, and 57 percent(8-14) from behind the 3-point line.
All 5 starters scored in double digits for the third time this season, topped by Terrence Jones, who led the way with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Dwight Howard finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden added 15 points and 5 assists. Patrick Beverley has also picked up his play of late, and scored 16 points. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Jones has now averaged 13.5 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, while shooting 55 percent from the field in 4 starts.
The Houston Rockets lead wire to wire, and dominated in all phases of the game: holding the Celtics to just 32 percent shooting from the field, and 35 percent from behind the 3-point line. Houston also held the edge in fast break points, 23-7, and gained a 60-30 advantage in points in the paint.
Starters were pulled early in the 4th quarter, to rest for tomorrow’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, and it was arguably the best display of teamwork so far this season. The Rockets recorded 22 assists, that lead to 41 made field goals, and totaled a season high 10 blocks.