Player grades from the Rockets’ dominant victory over the Boston Celtics

Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

In their final scrimmage game, the Houston Rockets took care of business against the Boston Celtics to build momentum going into the regular season restart.

From the moment the starting lineups were announced, it was clear it was going to be a long night for the Boston Celtics. While Brad Stevens elected to sit all of his stars, the Houston Rockets played the rotation of guys we should expect to see going forward. The result was what you would expect, as the Rockets pulled away for a 137-112 victory over the Celtics in their last tune-up game.

The Celtics got off to a quick 10-0 start, but it wasn’t long before Houston’s offensive firepower started blowing the game wide open. Unfortunately, the victory came at a cost, as Eric Gordon suffered an ankle injury toward the end of the first half. According to Shams Charania, he’s expected to miss two weeks with the injury.

Unsurprisingly, it was the Rockets’ 3-point shooting that was the biggest difference-maker in the contest, as they buried 23-of-57 (40.4 percent). Houston also forced the Celtics to commit 21 turnovers, which is well above their season average of 13.6 per game.

Considering the lineups, an easy Rockets victory was expected, but it was still good to see the team take care of business and not let their foot off the gas. Here’s how each player fared in the matchup.

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