Recap: Rockets at Celtics - 1/30/2015

A Career-High from Motiejunas Leads Rockets Past Celtics
by Chad Shanks

A career-high from Donatas Motiejunas helped the Rockets overcome a rocky second half and secure a 93-87 win in Boston.

Motiejunas took over in the first quarter and scored nine of Houston’s first 11 points on 4-4 FG. He kept it up in the second and went to the locker room with a game-high 16 points.

Josh Smith and Terrence Jones joined D-Mo in dominating the first half. Smith had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench and Terrence Jones added five points and three blocks in his second game back from injury.

James Harden finished the first half with 11 points, but shot just 3-11 FG. But the power forward trio of Motiejunas, Smith and Jones were able to give Houston a 60-42 lead at halftime.

After only four turnovers in the first half, the Rockets turned it over eight times in the third quarter en route to a season-low tying nine third quarter points. No Rocket had more than one made shot in the third. Boston was able to trim Houston’s once 19-point lead down to just five headed to the fourth.

The Rockets bounced back early in the fourth and built their lead back to double-digits thanks to a beautiful half court lob in transition from James Harden to Corey Brewer for the lay-in.

Motiejunas eclipsed his previous career-high with a strong finish on a lob while he was fouled. Not only did D-Mo notch a new career-high, he also had his first career game with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds as he finished with 26 points, 12 boards.

With less than a minute left and the Celtics in foul mode down five, James Harden was called for an offensive foul that gave Boston a free possession to get within three.  Luckily, Corey Brewer was able to knock down free throws on the next Houston possession to ice the game. Harden finished just 4-21 FG for 14 points.

Josh Smith finished with his first double-double as a Rockets with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Smith and the Rockets face his old team the Detroit Pistons tomorrow on the second night of a road back-to-back.

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