Houston 101, Boston 89

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, December 14, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials - #36 David Jones, #49 Tom Washington, #66 Haywoode Workman
Attendance - 15679

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 19 26 25 19 89
Houston 27 16 32 26 101

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 12-10 8-4 4-6 L1
Houston 11-11 9-5 2-6 W2

Recap

Rockets 101, Celtics 89: James Harden scored 21 points and Greg Smith added 20 on 8-for-9 shooting off the bench as Houston held off visiting Boston.

Chandler Parsons collected 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Rockets, who have won back-to-back games while holding opponents under 100 points. They had let their previous eight opponents eclipse the century mark.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points and Rajon Rondo recorded 15 points and 13 assists for the Celtics, who dropped their third straight road game.

Houston came out strong in the first half, pushing the lead to as much as 32-23 on Carlos Delfino’s 3-pointer with 9:48 left in the second quarter. Boston woke up after that shot, closing the period with a 22-11 run to take the lead into the half.

The Rockets scored the first six points of the third quarter to reclaim the lead and never trailed again. The Celtics would pull within 88-83 on Pierce’s 3-pointer with 5:09 left, but Harden responded with his own 3-pointer and put it away with a pair of free throws four minutes later.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Houston PG Jeremy Lin was held to five points on 2-for-6 shooting in 27 minutes and was off the floor in the fourth quarter, when Toney Douglas took over the point. … Rondo committed a season-high seven turnovers. … The Celtics head to San Antonio for the second stop of a three-game trip on Saturday.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Houston
Paul Pierce 18 Scoring James Harden 21
Rajon Rondo 13 Assists Chandler Parsons 8
Jeff Green 7 Rebounds Omer Asik 10
Paul Pierce 6 Free Throws Made James Harden 7
Rajon Rondo 4 Steals James Harden 3
Brandon Bass 1 Blocks Greg Smith 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 89 40.0 8-20 13-17 22 41 5 15 13
Houston 101 48.7 10-27 17-23 23 45 8 7 17

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Rockets have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .455 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against San Antonio . The Celtics have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .700 after a loss.