Celtics-Rockets Recap: Houston Shows Championship Mettle With Win Over Boston

Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy

Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy

The Houston Rockets got some revenge on the Boston Celtics with a 123-120 win at Toyota Center on Saturday. Ultimately his efforts were all for naught. The Celtics couldn't let Houston run down the clock, so they fouled Chris Paul and sent him to the line hoping he'd miss.

Harden, the NBA's leading scorer, comes into Saturday's game averaging 31 points per game and almost nine assists per game.

Houston, which features a plethora of offensive scorers, enters Saturday's game ranked second in points per game (113.8) and first in 3-pointers (944), nailing just over 40 percent per game.

It may seem insane to say about a game where both teams scored 120 points.

Houston's win streak is its longest since the Hakeem Olajuwan-led team won the first 15 games of the 1993-94 season. Ariza made a 3-pointer before stealing the ball from Kyrie Irving and finishing with a basket on the other end to cap the run. He made both to put the Rockets up by four 119-115.

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J.R. Smith scored 19 points - all in the second half - in his return from a one-game suspension for throwing a bowl of soup on Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones.

Kyrie Irving raced down court and made a quick layup to pull back with two but with only 7.9 seconds to play.

Boston tried to answer but Marcus Smart's three-point heave bounced off the rim at the buzzer to give Houston the victory. "Tonight definitely proved to us that we can win in that style of basketball, a grind-it-out type of game".

Paul, who sat out with an injury in the previous game against the Celtics, added 15 points and Ariza had 21.

Eric Gordon led the way for the Rockets with 29 points off the bench and was 7-11 from three-point range.

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Along with Irving, Brown and Tatum are combining for over 27 points per game, followed by Horford with almost 13, Marcus Morris with 12, and both Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart averaging just over 10 respectively. Paul George added 21 points.

The three main contributors off the bench have been Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. We just wanted to compete at a high level. "That's a very good team over there". The loss drops the Celtics to 44-20, three games behind the Toronto Raptors in the loss column for the best record in the East. But they still have a seven-game lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 2 spot.

The Rockets used a late surge in the final four minutes to beat the Boston Celtics 123-120 for their 15th consecutive win, the team's longest run since the 1993-94 season. They will try to get back on the right side of the scoreboard when they take on the Bulls in Chicago Monday night.

Elsewhere, the Miami Heat improved on their recent poor form, beating the Detroit Pistons 105-96, and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to six with a 108-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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