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Celtics defense steps up in win over Rockets


By Matt Miller, NBA.com
Posted Saturday March 20, 2010 1:22AM

HOUSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- The Houston Rockets needed excellent offensive performances to build their season-high four-game winning streak.

The Boston Celtics used physical defense to snap that streak, defeating the Rockets 94-87 on Friday in front of a sellout crowd at Toyota Center.

"We played aggressive basketball," said Kevin Garnett, who scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. "Defense won the game for us, and it created energy."

Houston (35-32) hadn't shot below 50 percent since March 9 -- the date the win streak began -- but the Rockets weren't missing a ton of open shots Friday. The Celtics (44-24) simply imposed their will on Houston, using their physical defense and quick ball movement to wear down the Rockets.

The Rockets' defense looked more like reactors than aggressors, as it allowed Boston's relentless approach around the basket to keep it off-balance for much of the game. The Celtics, meanwhile, took full advantage of Houston's horrid shooting night (39.5 percent overall) by pushing the tempo off missed shots.

Rondo (game-highs of 10 assists and three steals) didn't score a lot, but his speed presented problems for the Rockets. The young point guard successfully zipped through Houston's defense on several occasions, penetrating into the paint before kicking it out to an open teammate on the perimeter.

And those teammates were ready to sink those shots, as Boston made 10 of 23 3-point attempts. Ray Allen (19 points on 7-of-12 shooting) was the main beneficiary, nailing five of eight attempts from beyond the arc to match his season high. Boston finished with 25 assists on 37 field goals, showing the type of team play coach Doc Rivers has hoped to see on a more consistent basis.

"We controlled the tempo and got good shots, after a poor start," Rivers said. "[Rajon] Rondo did a great job. He was determined to shut down their 3-point shooters. [Houston] is so tough on the glass, and after the first quarter we did a pretty good job of holding them."

Rondo also delivered on the defensive end, refusing to allow Aaron Brooks (10 points, 4-of-12 shooting) to dictate the game's pace. Brooks, who was coming off consecutive 31-point outing, failed to find his range and rarely got around Rondo.

In fact, Rondo was so effective that Brooks only attempted and missed one 3-pointer, ending his franchise record 39-game streak with at least one trey.

"[The Celtics] play a certain way, and they're very physical," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "Rondo was very physical on [Brooks] all night long. It's just something he's going to have to learn. Hopefully, next time we face the same situation, he'll do a better job [of adjusting]."

After holding the Rockets without a field goal for a six-minute period that overlapped the first and second quarters, Boston built a double-digit lead. The Celtics also protected the ball well during this stretch, forcing Houston to respond with efficient half-court offense.

The Rockets had some success for short spurts, but didn't receive consistent scoring from any of their players. With the transition game held in check, Houston was hopeless and fell to 0-10 this season when scoring less than 90 points.

The Rockets trailed 50-41 at halftime but began the second half with an authoritative 14-7 run to creep within two. For the first time in the game, Houston matched Boston's defensive intensity, leading to more transition opportunities and open shots.

But the Celtics, who now have the second-most road victories in the NBA this season (23), wouldn't be denied. Even though foul trouble forced Rivers to bench Paul Pierce (game-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting) for most of the third quarter, Boston continued to drain jumpers and outwork a Houston squad that was playing its fourth game in six nights.

The Rockets made another run in the fourth quarter, closing their deficit to 75-71 on a Shane Battier three with 8:11 remaining. Improved ball movement paced Houston's most successful offensive stretch of the night, but the Celtics quickly slowed the Rocket's push by putting hands in shooters' faces.

Then Boston went to its closer -- Paul Pierce -- who had two fouls to spare. He scored 11 of the Celtics' next 13 points, leading Boston on a 13-6 run that pushed its lead to 88-77 with 4:54 left to play.

"[The Rockets] kept making runs. They are a very resilient team and have been playing well," Rivers said. "Ray [Allen] carried us in the first half, and then Pierce came on in the fourth quarter."

Houston could ill-afford Friday's loss, which pushes it five games behind Portland for the West's final playoff spot. Even if the Trailblazers lose to Washington on Friday, the Rockets will trail Portland by 4.5 games with 15 left on their schedule.

Luis Scola (team-high 17 points) was the main source of the Rockets offense in the first half, establishing his presence with a couple of agile spin moves that allowed him to cruise past Garnett for easy layups. He also aggressively attacked the glass on both ends, displaying a desire to deliver the first hit around the rim.

But much like Houston's offense, Scola experienced little success once the Celtics gained control of the tempo. For the first time in seven games, Scola failed to score 20 points.

"[Boston's] a great team," Scola said. "I think they played a pretty intense game today. They were talking a lot and communicating [amongst] themselves.

"I think we were ready to play too, but our offense wasn't fluid in the first half. We came back in the second half and ... we shot a little better, but we were always struggling."

Celtics
Rockets
     
    • 45.7%

    • 39.5%

    • 43.5%

    • 29.4%

    • 62.5%

    • 75.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
BOS HOU
Total Rebounds 11 8
Offensive Rebounds 10 12
Turnovers 11 13
Fast Break Pts: 20 13
Biggest Lead: 13 7
Points in the Paint: 34 44
BOS HOU
p Pierce   26 2 players   17
rb Wallace   9 Scola   10
a Rondo   10 4 players   3
s Rondo   3 Ariza   3
b 2 players   2 Hill   5
 
  • 01/10 - HOU @ BOS
  • 03/18 - BOS @ HOU
Boston Celtics (50-32)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P. Pierce F 28:19 9-14 2-3 6-8 -4 3 2 5 1 4 2 3 0 1 26
K. Garnett F 31:10 7-16 0-1 1-2 -4 0 8 8 3 5 1 1 0 0 15
K. Perkins C 28:42 3-6 0-0 2-2 -9 1 4 5 1 4 1 1 2 0 8
R. Allen G 36:22 7-12 5-8 0-0 +5 1 0 1 6 2 1 2 0 0 19
R. Rondo G 34:39 1-5 0-1 0-0 +1 0 4 4 10 4 3 2 0 0 2
G. Davis   16:50 3-7 0-0 1-4 +11 5 2 7 1 1 0 2 0 4 7
M. Daniels   19:41 0-2 0-0 0-0 +11 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Wallace   19:18 3-8 1-3 0-0 +16 0 9 9 1 3 1 0 2 0 7
M. Finley   11:38 1-2 0-1 0-0 +2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
N. Robinson   13:21 3-9 2-6 0-0 +6 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 8
T. Allen DNP - Coach's Decision
S. Williams DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 37-81 10-23 10-16   10 33 43 25 28 10 11 4 5 94
  45.7% 43.5% 62.5%   team rebs: 11 total to: 13
Houston Rockets (42-40)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Ariza G 31:41 4-10 2-5 1-2 +6 2 2 4 2 1 3 5 0 0 11
L. Scola F-C 40:30 6-13 0-1 5-5 -2 3 7 10 3 3 0 1 0 0 17
C. Hayes C-F 23:10 1-2 0-0 5-6 0 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 0 0 7
K. Martin G 35:23 6-12 1-2 4-5 +2 0 1 1 3 0 2 2 0 0 17
A. Brooks G 33:03 4-12 0-1 2-2 +4 2 3 5 3 1 1 3 0 1 10
J. Hill   26:50 5-11 0-0 1-3 -7 1 6 7 0 2 0 0 5 1 11
S. Battier   22:04 2-6 2-5 2-2 -15 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 8
K. Lowry   16:19 1-6 0-2 2-2 -13 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 0 2 4
C. Budinger   05:30 1-2 0-1 0-0 -5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
D. Andersen   05:30 0-2 0-0 0-2 -5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
H. Armstrong DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Jeffries DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 30-76 5-17 22-29   12 30 42 15 13 7 13 5 4 87
  39.5% 29.4% 75.9%   team rebs: 8 total to: 16

inactive

  • Celtics: Landry, Scalabrine
  • Rockets: Ming, Taylor

technical fouls

  • Celtics: --
  • Rockets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 6
  • Times Tied: 5

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #14 Joe DeRosa, #57 Greg Willard, #40 Leon Wood
  • Attendance: 18198
  • Duration: 2:13
Boston Celtics (44-24) Houston Rockets (35-32)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Scola vs Perkins (Garnett gains possession)
Rondo Jump Shot: Missed  11:45  
Team Rebound  11:45  
Pierce Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST)  11:41
[BOS 2-0]
 
  11:24 Ariza Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Pierce (1 ST) 
Pierce Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  11:14  
  11:13 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:00
[HOU 2-2]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST) 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  10:46  
Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:45  
Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:37  
  10:36 Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:25
[HOU 4-2]
Scola Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:05
[BOS 4-4]
 
  09:53 Hayes Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:52 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:51
[HOU 6-4]
Hayes Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Perkins Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed  09:27  
  09:27 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:11 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:10  
Allen Pullup Jump shot: Missed  09:04  
  09:03 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:48
[HOU 9-4]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Hayes (1 AST) 
Garnett Layup Shot: Missed  08:27  
  08:27 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  08:21
[HOU 11-4]
Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  07:57  
Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:56  
  07:54 Hayes Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:54
[BOS 5-11]
 
Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:54
[BOS 6-11]
 
  07:38
[HOU 13-6]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:18
[BOS 8-13]
 
  07:00 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:59  
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:53
[BOS 10-13]
 
  06:32 Scola Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Perkins Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Allen (2 AST)  06:12
[BOS 12-13]
 
  05:54 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:53  
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (1 AST)  05:45
[BOS 14-13]
 
  05:33 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:32  
  05:28 Ariza Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  05:28 Team Timeout : Regular 
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  05:28
[BOS 15-13]
 
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  05:28
[BOS 16-13]
 
  05:13
[HOU 15-16]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  04:56  
  04:35 Hayes Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (1 ST) 
Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed  04:24  
  04:23 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:08  
  04:08
[HOU 16-16]
Hayes Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  04:08
[HOU 17-16]
Hayes Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Pierce Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Allen (3 AST)  04:00
[BOS 18-17]
 
  03:48 Brooks Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:48 Brooks Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Garnett Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  03:43  
Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis  03:43  
  03:43
[HOU 18-18]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  03:43
[HOU 19-18]
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Pierce Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  03:25  
  03:21
[HOU 21-18]
Martin Driving Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Missed  03:02  
  03:01 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:36 Scola Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:35  
Davis Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST)  02:28
[BOS 20-21]
 
Rondo Foul : Personal (1 PF)  02:18  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:18  
Pierce Substitution replaced by Daniels  02:18  
Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace  02:18  
  02:18 Ariza Substitution replaced by Hill 
  02:18 Hayes Substitution replaced by Battier 
  02:18 Brooks Substitution replaced by Lowry 
  02:00 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:00 Team Rebound 
  02:00 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST)  01:46
[BOS 23-21]
 
  01:38 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:37  
Davis Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Allen (4 AST)  01:33
[BOS 25-21]
 
Wallace Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:18  
  01:18
[HOU 22-25]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  01:18
[HOU 23-25]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST)  01:04
[BOS 28-23]
 
  01:04 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
  00:49.9 Martin Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST) 
Daniels Layup Shot: Missed  00:42.9  
  00:41.9 Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:31.9 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:30.9 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
Wallace Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:26.0  
  00:26.0
[HOU 24-28]
Hill Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  00:26.0 Hill Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:26.0  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:02.0  
  00:00.0 Scola 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Quarter
Boston Celtics (44-24) Houston Rockets (35-32)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:42 Andersen Jump Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  11:41  
  11:40 Lowry Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Wallace Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:31
[BOS 30-24]
 
Robinson Foul : Personal (1 PF)  11:15  
  11:14 Team Rebound 
  11:12 Robinson Violation:Kicked Ball 
Robinson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  11:01  
Davis Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:50  
  10:50 Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:50 Team Rebound 
  10:50 Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Daniels Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:50  
Finley 3pt Shot: Missed  10:35  
  10:34 Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  10:27 Lowry Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK) 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:24  
Davis Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hill (1 BLK)  10:18  
Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:15  
Davis Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hill (2 BLK)  10:15  
  10:14 Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:00 Andersen Layup Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  09:59  
  09:40 Hill Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:40  
Team Rebound  09:40  
Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:40  
Team Rebound  09:39  
Robinson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Davis (1 AST)  09:33
[BOS 33-24]
 
  09:09 Lowry Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (2 BLK) 
  09:08 Lowry Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:06 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Wallace Jump Shot: Missed  08:52  
  08:51 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:34 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:34 Team Rebound 
Daniels Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  08:34  
  08:34 Timeout : Regular 
  08:25 Battier Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:23 Budinger Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:23
[HOU 26-33]
Budinger Putback Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Finley Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:59
[BOS 35-26]
 
  07:36 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
Robinson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:35  
Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed  07:31  
  07:30 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:18 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  07:17  
Wallace Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:01
[BOS 37-26]
 
  06:41
[HOU 28-37]
Hill Jump Hook Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
  06:30 Andersen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  06:30 Lowry Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  06:30 Budinger Substitution replaced by Brooks 
  06:30 Andersen Substitution replaced by Scola 
Daniels Substitution replaced by Pierce  06:30  
Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett  06:30  
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Finley (1 AST)  06:17
[BOS 40-28]
 
Pierce Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:58  
  05:58 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:58
[HOU 29-40]
Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  05:58 Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:58  
Robinson Jump Shot: Missed  05:46  
  05:45 Hill Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  05:27
[HOU 31-40]
Hill Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Brooks (1 AST) 
Finley Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:27  
Robinson Substitution replaced by Perkins  05:27  
Finley Substitution replaced by Allen  05:27  
Wallace Substitution replaced by Rondo  05:27  
  05:27 Hill Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
  05:27 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  05:21
[HOU 34-40]
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Brooks (2 AST) 
Pierce Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (8 PTS)  05:05
[BOS 42-34]
 
  04:52 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:51  
  04:41 Scola Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Pierce (1 AST)  04:35
[BOS 44-34]
 
Perkins Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:10  
  04:10
[HOU 35-44]
Battier Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  04:10
[HOU 36-44]
Battier Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Perkins Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  04:01  
Perkins Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  04:01  
  03:49 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  03:48  
Allen 3pt Shot: Missed  03:25  
  03:24 Brooks Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:14
[HOU 38-44]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Brooks (3 AST) 
Pierce Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:14  
  03:14
[HOU 39-44]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 1 (13 PTS) 
  03:14 Battier Substitution replaced by Martin 
  03:03 Scola Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:03  
Team Rebound  03:03  
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  03:03
[BOS 45-39]
 
  02:46 Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:45 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:39 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:38  
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  02:28
[BOS 47-39]
 
  02:11 Brooks Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:09 Scola Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  02:06 Hill Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK) 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:04  
  02:00 Scola Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:00  
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:00  
Team Rebound  02:00  
  02:00 Scola Substitution replaced by Hayes 
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  02:00
[BOS 48-39]
 
  01:40 Martin Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Pierce (2 ST) 
Pierce Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST)  01:35
[BOS 50-39]
 
  01:15 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:14 Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Pierce Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:14  
  01:14
[HOU 40-50]
Hayes Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Pierce Substitution replaced by Daniels  01:14  
  01:14
[HOU 41-50]
Hayes Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Allen 3pt Shot: Missed  01:02  
Team Rebound  01:02  
Garnett Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  00:52.5  
Garnett Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  00:52.5  
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  00:52.5  
  00:30.9 Hill Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:28.5 Team Rebound 
  00:28.5 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  00:14.9  
  00:13.4 Brooks Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:01.9 Brooks Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (2 ST) 
Rondo 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Boston Celtics (44-24) Houston Rockets (35-32)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:44 Brooks Layup Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  11:42  
Pierce Foul : Offensive (4 PF)  11:36  
Pierce Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  11:36  
  11:16 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  11:15  
Pierce Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:59  
  10:58 Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  10:39 Brooks Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Pierce Substitution replaced by Daniels  10:39  
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  10:24  
  10:23 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  10:17 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (3 ST) 
Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Martin (1 ST)  10:12  
Perkins Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  10:06  
  10:06
[HOU 42-50]
Hayes Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  10:06 Hayes Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  10:06 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
Garnett Foul : Personal (3 PF)  09:59  
  09:49
[HOU 44-50]
Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST)  09:42  
  09:26 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:24 Brooks Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  09:24
[HOU 46-50]
Brooks Tip Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Perkins Slam Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST)  09:03
[BOS 52-46]
 
  08:36
[HOU 49-52]
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  08:11  
  08:10 Hayes Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  07:54
[HOU 52-52]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Scola (1 AST) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Perkins (1 AST)  07:34
[BOS 54-52]
 
  07:17 Scola Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  07:16  
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST)  07:06
[BOS 57-52]
 
  06:45 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) 
Garnett 3pt Shot: Missed  06:19  
  06:18 Brooks Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  06:08
[HOU 54-57]
Martin Running Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  06:08  
  06:08
[HOU 55-57]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS) 
Perkins Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  05:54  
  05:53 Ariza Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
Rondo Foul : Personal (2 PF)  05:47  
  05:47 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:29 Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (2 BLK) 
Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:28  
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST)  05:22
[BOS 60-55]
 
  05:09
[HOU 57-60]
Martin Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Scola (2 AST) 
Perkins Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Allen (5 AST)  04:43
[BOS 62-57]
 
Perkins Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  04:23  
Rondo Substitution replaced by Robinson  04:23  
  04:23
[HOU 58-62]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  04:23 Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:23  
Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Martin (2 ST)  04:11  
  04:08
[HOU 60-62]
Martin Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Hayes Violation:Kicked Ball  03:51  
  03:51 Martin Substitution replaced by Battier 
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS)  03:38
[BOS 65-60]
 
  03:18 Ariza Turnover : Traveling (4 TO) 
Garnett Substitution replaced by Wallace  03:18  
Perkins Substitution replaced by Davis  03:18  
Davis Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (3 ST)  03:11  
  03:06
[HOU 62-65]
Ariza Dunk Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed  02:51  
  02:50 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:43  
  02:43 Jump Ball Brooks vs Robinson (Wallace gains possession) 
  02:43 Brooks Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Robinson (1 ST) 
Robinson 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Allen (6 AST)  02:37
[BOS 68-62]
 
  02:20 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:19  
Robinson Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Wallace (1 AST)  02:04
[BOS 70-62]
 
  01:38 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  01:37  
Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed  01:25  
Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  01:24  
  01:22 Hayes Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  01:22 Ariza Substitution replaced by Lowry 
Daniels Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  01:14  
  01:12 Team Rebound 
  01:04 Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  01:04  
Davis Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Robinson (1 AST)  00:56.5
[BOS 72-62]
 
  00:40.9 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Daniels Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:39.9  
  00:31.9 Hayes Substitution replaced by Hill 
Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed  00:28.9  
  00:27.4 Team Rebound 
  00:03.9 Brooks Jump Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  00:02.8  
End of 3rd Quarter
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Wallace Jump Shot: Missed  11:42  
  11:40 Lowry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  11:36
[HOU 64-72]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Wallace Layup Shot: Missed  11:16  
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  11:14  
Robinson 3pt Shot: Missed  11:10  
Davis Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  11:09  
Davis Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hill (3 BLK)  11:06  
Davis Rebound (Off:4 Def:1)  11:04  
  11:04 Battier Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  11:04
[BOS 73-64]
 
Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  11:04  
  11:04 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
Wallace Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  10:46  
  10:46
[HOU 65-73]
Lowry Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  10:46
[HOU 66-73]
Lowry Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Davis Dunk Shot: Missed Block: Hill (4 BLK)  10:27  
  10:25 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  10:11
[HOU 68-73]
Martin Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) 
Robinson Jump Shot: Missed  09:44  
  09:43 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  09:37 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Davis Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  09:36  
Team Timeout : Regular  09:35  
Robinson Substitution replaced by Rondo  09:35  
Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed  09:19  
Davis Rebound (Off:5 Def:2)  09:18  
Davis Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Battier (1 ST)  09:15  
  09:10 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:09 Scola Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
Rondo Foul : Personal (3 PF)  09:08  
  08:54 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Finley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:53  
Pierce Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hill (5 BLK)  08:41  
Pierce Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  08:39  
Pierce Putback Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS)  08:37
[BOS 75-68]
 
  08:12
[HOU 71-75]
Battier 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Lowry (1 AST) 
Pierce Driving Layup Shot: Missed  07:56  
Pierce Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  07:54  
Pierce Putback Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS)  07:54
[BOS 77-71]
 
Rondo Foul : Personal (4 PF)  07:41  
Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett  07:41  
  07:28 Lowry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Wallace (1 ST) 
  07:23 Lowry Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS)  07:23
[BOS 78-71]
 
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  07:23
[BOS 79-71]
 
Finley Foul : Personal (2 PF)  07:11  
Garnett Foul : Personal (4 PF)  07:05  
  07:05
[HOU 72-79]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  07:05
[HOU 73-79]
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  06:55 Hill Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Finley Substitution replaced by Allen  06:55  
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  06:55  
Team Rebound  06:55  
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  06:55
[BOS 80-73]
 
  06:39 Lowry Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:39  
Garnett Jump Hook Shot: Made (11 PTS)  06:24
[BOS 82-73]
 
  06:10
[HOU 75-82]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Lowry (2 AST) 
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST)  05:53
[BOS 85-75]
 
  05:30
[HOU 77-85]
Hill Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Lowry (3 AST) 
Rondo Layup Shot: Missed  05:09  
  05:07 Scola Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  05:01 Martin Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  05:00  
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (24 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST)  04:54
[BOS 88-77]
 
  04:51 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:51 Battier Substitution replaced by Ariza 
  04:51 Lowry Substitution replaced by Brooks 
Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins  04:51  
  04:35 Ariza Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Perkins (1 ST) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Rondo (9 AST)  04:21
[BOS 90-77]
 
  04:06
[HOU 79-90]
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Scola (3 AST) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Rondo (10 AST)  03:49
[BOS 92-79]
 
  03:31
[HOU 81-92]
Hill Dunk Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Martin (2 AST) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  03:14  
  03:13 Scola Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  02:53 Ariza Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  02:52  
Allen 3pt Shot: Missed  02:42  
  02:41 Scola Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
Garnett Foul : Personal (5 PF)  02:31  
  02:31 Timeout : Regular 
  02:31
[HOU 82-92]
Brooks Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  02:31
[HOU 83-92]
Brooks Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Pierce Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Brooks (1 ST)  02:18  
  02:14
[HOU 85-92]
Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Perkins Layup Shot: Missed  01:53  
  01:52 Hill Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  01:38 Hill Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  01:37  
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  01:14  
  01:13 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:03
[HOU 87-92]
Hill Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Martin (3 AST) 
Pierce Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Garnett (3 AST)  00:47.2
[BOS 94-87]
 
  00:47.2 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:42.9 Brooks Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  00:41.8  
  00:41.8 Brooks Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:17.8  
  00:17.8 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:12.8 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:12.8 Jump Ball Hill vs Perkins (Allen gains possession) 
Team Rebound  00:12.8  
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
BOS
1st Atlantic
50
32
3-7
24-17
26-15
HOU
3rd Southwest
42
40
6-4
23-18
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
BOS
Pierce 24.3
Garnett 8.8
Rondo 11.8
Perkins 2.3
Rondo 2.4
HOU
Brooks 19.7
Scola 8.6
Brooks 5.3
Battier 1.1
Ariza 1.8

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