The Celtics’ seven-game winning streak came to a crash halt on Tuesday night at the hands of James Harden (42 points) and Russell Westbrook (36 points). The two All-Stars carried the Rockets to a 116-105 win largely on the strength of their ability to draw fouls. The pair was efficient from the field all night but managed to combine for 31 free throw attempts themselves, helping the Rockets pull away late with a 18-9 run. The hosts shot just 42.9 percent from the field but shot a season-high 42 free throws for a Celtic opponent, easily outpacing the C’s in that area.
Gordon Hayward (20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) led six different C’s in double figures but it was a sloppy game for Boston’s offense with 18 turnovers and just 24 assists with Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum both shooting below 33 percent from the field.
Boston now heads back home for one final matchup before the All-Star Break with the Clippers on Thursday night.
WHO: Celtics (37-15) vs. Rockets (33-20) WHEN: 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Toyota Center RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub TV: NBC Sports Boston/TNT
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis
Rockets G: Russell Westbrook G: James Harden F: Daniel House Jr. F: Robert Covington F: PJ Tucker