Final: Rockets 127, Celtics 113 — Harden erupts for 45 as Rockets pull away late

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James Harden set a new career-high with nine made 3s on his way to a 45-point performance as the Rockets pulled away down the stretch for a 127-113 victory over the Celtics. Harden also attempted 17 second half free throws and dished out six assists as Houston erupted for 127 points on the night, the most allowed by the Celtics all season.

Kyrie Irving (23 points and 11 assists) looked stellar in defeat, but it was the C's bench that was its weak spot all night as the team's core bench pieces (Hayward/Theis/Rozier/Brown) were a combined minus-80 as the shorthanded hosts outplayed them with the likes of Austin Rivers and Gerald Green.

The Celtics continue their three-game road trip on Saturday night in another tough matchup against the Grizzlies.

GAME: No. 34 of 82
WHO: Celtics (20-13) vs. Rockets (18-15)
WHEN:  8:00 EST
WHERE:  Toyota Center

First Half Notes