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Jared Sullinger draws a smattering of boos from the Garden crowd after missing yet another 3-pointer badly. 3-of-13 on the night.
I would say Sullinger is having one of his worst stinkers of the year, but I’ve already said that too much this year.
Marcus Smart's picking up years worth of experience against Harden tonight.
New career-high for Motiejunas! 11-for-6 from the field for 26 points. Dwight Howard who?!
Like the switch. Thornton back in for Prince, Celtics stay small, but without Crowder.
Give someone an aisle seat and a Jumbotron. Magic happens.
Celtics go small. Prince at 4. Motiejunas cleans up a miss when Sullinger helps on Harden drive.
Interesting call by Brad Stevens to go w/Avery Bradley in for Marcus Thornton. Thornton having one of those special, heat check nights.
I would not have taken out Marcus Thornton there.
Childhood friends Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton are the Celtics two leading scorers. Must've imagined it being just like this as kids ...
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."
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.
Thornton is 3/4 from deep in the second half.
James Harden hasn’t taken a shot 6 minutes into the quarter. He went 1/6 in the third.
Tyler Zeller just tried to get a little hyphy there.
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.
Houston was 4-for-20 shooting with 8 TOs in the 3Q and 1-for-6 for Harden.
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.
Smart frustrated with some calls tonight, but he keeps trying to get to the line.
This season, the Celtics are now shooting 4-for-35 from deep against the Rockets.
Josh Smith doing what he does best - keeping both sides in it.
Anybody with access to a replay tell me if Smart deserved that offensive foul?
Wait, WHAT? Foul on Smart? HOW?
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.
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.
Drew Bledsoe on the Jumbotron. Crowd starts chanting "Drew."
The rare "force two shot clock violations on the same possession" trick, and the Celtics are playing defense now.
Feels like Celtics have played more defense on the first few possessions this half than they did in the game's first two quarters.
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.
James Harden 3-of-13 at halftime. Dwight Howard not playing. Celtics down 18.
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
As first half ends, with Celtics down 60-42, smart dude behind me yells, "Stay in front of the ball on D."
Maybe the Celtics should give Evan Turner the rest of the night off. Mercy.
Oh my... What James Harden just did to Evan Turner... No, I'm not going to even say it.
Evan Turner looks ready to go home.
Hassan Whiteside should replace D Wade in the All-Star game.
How rebounds in a quarter would be more impressive than 37 points in a quarter? 20?
Nights like this, you realize why Sullinger needs to lose weight. He's a 4 who can't stick with stretch 4s.
Would you try Jae Crowder at the 4 here? Would that be overreacting? Would it be ill-advised? Could it be worse?
Shot didn’t fall, but that was a tremendous pass by Wallace.
Every Celtics basket this quarter has been answered in 16 seconds or less by Houston. Rockets lead, 46-33, on 57.1 percent shooting.
The Cs can really struggle to guard small lineups. With Josh Smith and Motiejunas, the Rockets have multiple skilled bigs and it's killer.
Strange first quarter for Bass - 9 points, 1-4 from the line.
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.
James Harden leads league with 160 shooting fouls drawn. Boston’s leader? Brandon Bass at 57 (and that’s with 2 tonight). (@nbasavant data)
A not-so-great first. Smart surrenders his first four-point play, courtesy of James Harden.
Tayshaun Prince has played very well for Boston, but he just up-faked the Celtics out of their best shot opportunity there.