Celtics have been held to 38% shooting twice this year in 45 games. Both times by the Rockets. Who did it in both games last year as well.
McHale on Rockets in 2nd half: "We quit moving the ball, quit moving our bodies. Just played hideous offensive basketball for 27 minutes."
FINAL: Rockets 93, Celtics 87. Discouraging 2nd half, but rare to get W when Harden goes 4-21 FG. DMo career-high 26p + 12r, Smoove 15-10.
Second straight game where Harden made a really bad decision on a foul late. 90-87 Rockets, 27 sec left.
Celtics call timeout, hopefully to set up another Jared Sullinger three-point attempt. Rockets clinging to an 86-81 lead, 1:02 left.
Motiejunas alley oop from Harden and he has a career-high 26 points. Rockets by five.
That's a new career-high for Donatas Motiejunas: 26 points. Rockets up 86-81, 1:43 left.
Ariza passed up a wide open three for an extra pass, resulting in a lower percentage shot. Rockets have been a mess on offense in 2nd half.
Rockets without a hint of ball or body movement in the second half. Offense mostly reduced to 3s and turnovers.
Rockets nine third-quarter points matched their fewest this season. Went 4 of 20 with eight turnovers.
Celtics crank up defense in third quarter; limit Rockets to 9 points on 4 of 20 shooting in frame. Houston up 69-64 heading to 4th.
The Celtics limit the Rockets to just nine third-quarter points and trail 69-64 after three. Bass: 15 points, 7 rebounds. Prince: 11 points.
Rockets can at times make up for being without Dwight Howard. Not for being without Howard and Harden. Harden 4 of 19 through three.
Rockets were a total disaster in the 3Q: 9 points total on 4-20 FG and 8 turnovers. Houston lead down to just 69-64 heading to 4Q.
This season, the Celtics are now shooting 4-for-35 from deep against the Rockets.
Rockets 3 of 17 with 8 (!) turnovers in the third quarter. Celtics cut lead from 18 to 7.
Rockets had four turnovers in the first half, five in 5 1/2 minutes of the second half.
Bizarro half for Rockets offensively. Harden is 3 of 13; rest of Rockets 21 of 33. Rockets just 4 tos. Rockets up 60-42. D-Mo with 16.
Parsons said if you stop Harden, you stop the Rockets. Usually true, but not the case tonight. Harden 3-13 FG, Rockets up 60-42 at half.