Houston Rockets Hold off Celtics for the Win
James Harden pours in 37 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists as the Houston Rockets hold off the Boston Celtics for the Win.
With less than five seconds reminding in the fourth quarter, Al Horford missed a potential game-winning layup to give the Houston Rocket a nailbiting victory over the Boston Celtics, Monday, in the Toyota Center.
Following the end of their five-game road trip with a win over the Denver Nuggets, the Rockets opened their two-game homestead against the Celtics. After a sluggish start that saw Houston open the game shooting 1-for-7 from the field, the Rockets had an explosive start to the game.
Behind 21 points and six assists from James Harden, the Rockets held a 58-48 lead at the halftime break. Although Houston looked more than ready to run the Celtics out of the gym, Boston came into the second half with other plans.
Behind all-stars Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics outscored the Rockets 20-9 to start the third. As well as leading the Celtics to an 83-77 third quarter lead.
Although Celtics led 100-94 with five minutes remaining in the fourth. The Rockets went on to outscore Boston 13-2 in the final minutes of the game. Although Harden put the finishing touches on the game. One has to give credit to the defensive performances by Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell.
Overall, this was one of the most competitive games of the season. A nailbiter by far.
Rockets Starting Five
C, Houston Rockets
11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assists, Plus/Minus (-10)
PF, Houston Rockets
SF, Houston Rockets
SG, Houston Rockets
PG, Houston Rockets
Best Sixth Man & Opponent
SG, Houston Rockets
Horford, Boston Celtics
26 Points, 9 Rebound, 2 blocks, Plus/Minus (-7)
After the win, the Houston Rockets will continue their two-game homestand, Wednesday, against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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