Houston Rockets have huge Sunday afternoon win over the Celtics

By Michael Knight
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets took care of business earlier today, beating a struggling Celtics team on the road. Can they continue to pile up wins as the streak continues?

The Houston Rockets started a pretty tough stretch today. Consecutively, they face the Celtics, Raptors and 76ers. Thankfully, they began it with a big win over the Boston Celtics this afternoon in a prime-time matchup.

The Rockets have now won five games in a row, including wins over the Warriors and Celtics. That resume can be even more impressive if they win their next two, as well. Houston plays a decent few middle of the road teams this month, but they also face Golden State, Milwaukee and Denver, so it won’t be extremely easy as they try to climb through the standings.

Game recap

The Rockets marched into TD Garden and started off hot. They led by double-digits for most of this one, despite blowing it a little bit in the fourth quarter. Boston actually won the second half by 11 points even though they lost by that many overall.

James Harden had another excellent performance. He dropped his 24th (!!!) 40-point game of the season in route to a 42 point, 7 rebound, 4 assist game. He was complemented by an on-fire Eric Gordon, which is what you love to see. He dropped 32 points on 8/12 shooting from downtown. Can he continue to put up some great shooting?

P.J. Tucker was incredible once again. He’s been shooting it well recently, too, and was 3/5 from deep today. His defense sealed the game and he was solid on that end the entire contest, as he usually is.

A look at the standings

The Rockets had a chance to tie the Thunder today in the standings. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies didn’t do their job, choking away the game in the last minutes after leading by 10+.

Next. Rockets have a tough test against the East's best

The win today still brought Houston one game back of the Trail Blazers and the Thunder for that coveted third spot in the West. It’ll be a fight to the finish with Utah (1.5 games back of Houston) still very much in that conversation with an easy schedule.