Final: Rockets 115, Celtics 104 — Late charge falls short after another ugly first half

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The Celtics showed some life after an embarrassing first-half performance, but it was too little too late against the firepower of the Rockets offense. James Harden scored a game-high 42 points while Eric Gordon tied a career-high with eight 3s, helping the visitors hold off a late charge from Boston on their way to a 115-104 victory. Kyrie Irving had a team-high 24 points for the Celtics who trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half before being rallied back into the game by the bench unit in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Brown was terrific off the bench with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Al Horford added 19 points for the C's who have now dropped five of their last six games since the All-Star Break.

First Half Notes