Gary Washburn

Drew Bledsoe in the house at TD Garden #celtics #patriots

Emily Austen

Whoaaa! This one's NOT over yet. Marcus Thornton to the rack & it's back to a 3-point game, people! 27 seconds left on the clock. #Celtics

Scott Souza

#Celtics just won't go away. Marcus Smart draws O foul on James Harden, Marcus Thornton drives for two. C's down 90-87 with 27.0 ticks left.

Gary Washburn

#celtics keep plugging away, cut deficit to 3 with 27 seconds left. HOU Ball.

Jared Weiss

Smart hasn’t taken a jumper since hurting his shoulder earlier in the quarter. #Celtics could’ve had a chance if he could shoot.

Emily Austen

James Harden is shooting 4 of 21 from the field tonight. He has 13 pts. #Ouch #Rockets #Celtics

Brian Robb

Jared Sullinger draws a smattering of boos from the Garden crowd after missing yet another 3-pointer badly. 3-of-13 on the night.

Jessica Camerato

Good. MT @Michael Lee Philips Arena is much different than days when Stotts was coaching. It's packed & filled w/ fans cheering for #hawks

Jared Weiss

I would say Sullinger is having one of his worst stinkers of the year, but I’ve already said that too much this year.

Gary Washburn

Sullinger keeps launching 3-pointers, and he not on tonight, killing #celtics chances

Rich Levine

Marcus Smart's picking up years worth of experience against Harden tonight.

Abby Chin

New career-high for Motiejunas! 11-for-6 from the field for 26 points. Dwight Howard who?!

Jay King

Like the switch. Thornton back in for Prince, Celtics stay small, but without Crowder.

Jessica Camerato

Give someone an aisle seat and a Jumbotron. Magic happens.

Scott Souza

Brandon Bass, Tayshaun Prince & Marcus Thornton have combined for 43 of the #Celtics' 79 points tonight. C's down 84-79 w/ 2:38 to go.

Jay King

Celtics go small. Prince at 4. Motiejunas cleans up a miss when Sullinger helps on Harden drive.

Jared Weiss

James Harden hasn’t hit a shot in 13 minutes of play. #Rockets

A. Sherrod Blakely

Interesting call by Brad Stevens to go w/Avery Bradley in for Marcus Thornton. Thornton having one of those special, heat check nights.

Abby Chin

The TD Garden crowd is into this game! #Celtics cut lead down to 3... This is fun!!! #CelticsTalk

Jay King

I would not have taken out Marcus Thornton there.

Jessica Camerato

Childhood friends Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton are the Celtics two leading scorers. Must've imagined it being just like this as kids ...

Gary Washburn

#rockets scored 60 in first half and just 22 in first 19 minutes of second half

Emily Austen

Brandon Bass hits both free throws and the #Celtics are within three! FIVE minutes to play

Gary Washburn

Andre Dawkins scored 27 points on 8-for-15 shooting in NBADL Maine's win over Canton. #celtics

Jessica Camerato

Santa Claus guy has traded in his Celtics jersey and blazer for a Patriots jersey. Never seen this before. #SuperBowl

Steve Bulpett

Celts down 5 to HOU w/5:26 left. Marcus Thornton is 4-5 on treys, 1-6 on 2-pointers. As any good QB would say, "Go long."

A. Sherrod Blakely

#Celtics Marcus Thornton has 15 pts, season-high 4 made 3s. #Celtics trail 82-77 with 5:26 to play. #comebacktrail http://t.co/laoKO8AKQm

Jared Weiss

Put this Hassan Whiteside on the Celtics and they could win the title this year. #Hassan4MVP

Brian Robb

Give the Celtics credit, they have had to chip the hell out of this lead, but they just keeping coming. Houston can't stop the momentum.

Scott Souza

Marcus Thornton's second 3-pointer of quarter gives him 15 points off bench. #Celtics within 82-77 with Brandon Bass headed to the line.

Jessica Camerato

Marcus Thornton has a season high 4 3PGs. Career high is 8. #Celtics #Rockets

Jared Weiss

Thornton is 3/4 from deep in the second half.

Jared Weiss

James Harden hasn’t taken a shot 6 minutes into the quarter. He went 1/6 in the third.

Jay King

Yeah. RT @MrTrpleDouble10: Smart has made Harden's life real difficult tonight

Jay King

Tyler Zeller just tried to get a little hyphy there.

A. Sherrod Blakely

#Celtics back in the game behind some wicked good defense, limiting the #Rockets to 4-for-20 shooting in the 3Q. #CelticsTalk

Scott Souza

Impressed with #Celtics energy in third quarter after they had practically none in first half. Now let's see if they can keep it up in 4th.

Chris Forsberg

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.

Gary Washburn

Houston was 4-for-20 shooting with 8 TOs in the 3Q and 1-for-6 for Harden.

A. Sherrod Blakely

Cs battle back, trail 69-64 after 3Q: #Celtics: Bass 15 pts,7 reb. Thornton 9 pts. #Rockets: Harden 13 pts. Smith 13 pts,6 reb. #Celticstalk

Marc D'Amico

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.

Emily Austen

Here we goooooo!! Marcus Thornton with the pull-up TRIPLE! And we have a five-point ballgame heading into the final frame! #Celtics #Rockets

Gary Washburn

#celtics score 32 in 3Q and trail #rockets 69-64. Bass 14, Prince 11; Harden 13 on 4-for-19 shooting, Smith 13, Motiejunas 13.

Abby Chin

James Harden landed into Marcus Smart trying to draw the foul... no dice! #Celtics trail by only 5 going into the 4th quarter. #CelticsTalk

Scott Souza

#Celtics hold #Rockets to 9 points in third quarter, cut 18-point halftime deficit to 69-64 heading to the fourth quarter @tdgarden.

Mark Murphy

Smart frustrated with some calls tonight, but he keeps trying to get to the line.

Jay King

This season, the Celtics are now shooting 4-for-35 from deep against the Rockets.

Abby Chin

So far #Celtics holding the red hot #Rockets offense to just 7 points in the 3rd quarter with 1 minute to go! 7!! #CelticsTalk

Jessica Camerato

Feels like Jason Terry played here 50 years ago at this point. #Celtics #Rockets

Mark Murphy

Josh Smith doing what he does best - keeping both sides in it.

Jay King

Anybody with access to a replay tell me if Smart deserved that offensive foul?

Gary Washburn

Marcus Smart gets called for the Reggie Miller kick on his made 3-pointer for the second time this season. #celtics

Emily Austen

Wait, WHAT? Foul on Smart? HOW?

Sean Grande

Celtics from 19 down, now trail 67-56. Boston's lost 54 straight when trailing by 16+. The last win? 1/513 vs. Josh Smith and Atlanta.

Jessica Camerato

What a diff. 2 months make: Last time Josh Smith was here, he was on DET & best friend Rajon Rondo on BOS. Now, Smith on HOU, Rondo on DAL.

Mark Murphy

Drew Bledsoe on the Jumbotron. Crowd starts chanting "Drew."

Emily Austen

The #Celtics are making it interesting in the 3rd. Avery Bradley's layup makes it an 11-point game!

Scott Souza

#Celtics showing some nice defensive effort after allowing 60-point first half. #Rockets with only five points in first 6:30 of third.

Gary Washburn

#rockets are 1-for-6 with 4 turnovers in the third quarter. #celtics are actually playing defense in this half.

Jay King

The rare "force two shot clock violations on the same possession" trick, and the Celtics are playing defense now.

Brian Robb

Feels like Celtics have played more defense on the first few possessions this half than they did in the game's first two quarters.

Jay King

Doooo itttttttt. RT @AdamMKaufman: Join me for "#Celtics @ 7" tomorrow morn on @985TheSportsHub with @Jay King.

Ben Rohrbach

Celtics fan screams "Hey, M.L.! Hey, M.L.!! HEY, M.L.!!!" Cedric Maxwell responds: "I"m not M.L. I'm not M.L. I'm not M.L." Good times.

Jay King

James Harden 3-of-13 at halftime. Dwight Howard not playing. Celtics down 18.

Marc D'Amico

Houston leads 60-42 at halftime. Bass has 9 points and 5 rebs. Off th bench, Prince has 7 points and Thornton has 6. http://t.co/EaGlf2VQEU

Emily Austen

Half: #Celtics 42 #Rockets 60. Bass (9) Prince (7); Motiejunas (16) Harden/Smith (11 apiece)

Gary Washburn

#celtics trail #rockets 60-42 at half and are lucky to be that close. BOS: 36.2% shooting. HOU: 52.2. Harden 11 pts, Motiejunas 16 in 14 min

Jay King

As first half ends, with Celtics down 60-42, smart dude behind me yells, "Stay in front of the ball on D."

A. Sherrod Blakely

Cs down 60-42 at half. #Celtics: Prince 7 pts. Turner 4 pts, 3 reb. #Rockets: Motiejunas: 16 pts, 6 reb. Smith 11 pts. #Celticstalk

Jessica Camerato

¿Recuerdas cuando Hasheem Thabeet fue seleccionado antes de James Harden? #Rockets #Celtics

Gary Washburn

Sad part for #celtics is they've held Harden to 11 points on 3-for-12 shooting, rest of #rockets are 21-for-33 for 49 points.

Jessica Camerato

Remember when Hasheem Thabeet was drafted before James Harden? #Rockets #Celtics

Ben Rohrbach

Maybe the Celtics should give Evan Turner the rest of the night off. Mercy.

Emily Austen

Oh my... What James Harden just did to Evan Turner... No, I'm not going to even say it.

Jared Weiss

Evan Turner looks ready to go home.

Kyle Draper

If I told you Harden was 2-9 FG but #Rockets still led #Celtics by 19 you wouldn’t believe me. But that’s what’s happening. #CelticsTalk

A. Sherrod Blakely

#Rockets Josh Smith hit a 3-pointer. Yup #Celtics. You're in trouble now! #Celticstalk http://t.co/0CLIJ5i8sO

Jared Weiss

Hassan Whiteside should replace D Wade in the All-Star game.

Rich Levine

How rebounds in a quarter would be more impressive than 37 points in a quarter? 20?

Jay King

Nights like this, you realize why Sullinger needs to lose weight. He's a 4 who can't stick with stretch 4s.

Jay King

Would you try Jae Crowder at the 4 here? Would that be overreacting? Would it be ill-advised? Could it be worse?

A. Sherrod Blakely

#Rockets Montiejunas has 16 pts in 13 minutes and 4 rebounds. #Celticstalk http://t.co/jhVVhfLxbD

A. Sherrod Blakely

The #Celtics are getting torched with one #Rockets player doing most of the damage ... and it ain't James Harden. http://t.co/P9pCw9o85m

Jared Weiss

Shot didn’t fall, but that was a tremendous pass by Wallace.

Emily Austen

Donatas Motiejunas is just killing the #Celtics right now. He's 7 of 8 from the field w/ a game-high 16 pts. #Rockets up 48-33 in 2nd.

Mark Murphy

Every Celtics basket this quarter has been answered in 16 seconds or less by Houston. Rockets lead, 46-33, on 57.1 percent shooting.

Jay King

The Cs can really struggle to guard small lineups. With Josh Smith and Motiejunas, the Rockets have multiple skilled bigs and it's killer.

A. Sherrod Blakely

#Celtics doing a poor job of pressuring #Rockets ball-handlers when they stop their dribble which is allowing them to get great looks s far.

Mark Murphy

As colleague @Steve Bulpett has noted, the Celtics brought their Minnesota defense with them tonight. Rockets shooting 55.2 percent.

Gary Washburn

Motiejunas has 13 points in 7 minutes, many of them layups. #celtics defense is lacking tonight.

Emily Austen

1st is in the books and it was all about Bass for Boston. He has 9 pts/4rebs. #Celtics 21 #Rockets 29

Mark Murphy

Strange first quarter for Bass - 9 points, 1-4 from the line.

Marc D'Amico

The Celtics trail the Rockets 29-21 after the first. Bass already has 9 points and 4 rebounds. No other Celtic has more than 3 points.

Scott Souza

Marcus Smart a quick learner. After fouling James Harden on 4-point play, goes straight up on D on next Harden 3 miss. #Celtics down 29-21.

Gary Washburn

#celtics trail #rockets 29-21 after 1Q. Bass 9 and 4 rebs; Motiejunas 9, Harden 7, Dorsey 4.

Jared Weiss

Marcus Thornton finishes the quarter off in style with a slick shot off the stanchion. #Celtics trail #Rockets 29-21. Bass & D-Mo w/ 9 each

A. Sherrod Blakely

Cs down 29-21 after 1Q. #Celtics: Bass 9 ps, 4 reb. Thornton 3 pts. #Rockets: Motiejunas 9 pts. Harden 7 pts. #Celticstalk

Chris Forsberg

James Harden leads league with 160 shooting fouls drawn. Boston’s leader? Brandon Bass at 57 (and that’s with 2 tonight). (@nbasavant data)

Mark Murphy

A not-so-great first. Smart surrenders his first four-point play, courtesy of James Harden.

Jay King

Tayshaun Prince has played very well for Boston, but he just up-faked the Celtics out of their best shot opportunity there.