The Celtics have had their way with most of the NBA in the last six weeks but the Houston Rockets have emerged as a worthy foil of late. The Rockets rallied from a 17-point first half deficit and escaped with a 111-110 win over the Celtics at the TD Garden after James Harden made a pair of game-winning free throws with 24 seconds remaining. Jaylen Brown (22 points) hit an incredible game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime but he couldn't knock down a midrange fadeaway with five seconds left in overtime, leaving the C's with their second loss to Houston in the past two weeks.
Russell Westbrook was the MVP of the night for Houston with 41 points and 8 rebounds while James Harden added 21 points and Robert Covington chipped in with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Jayson Tatum had a team-high 32 points for the hosts but shot just 33 percent from the field in the defeat, a common thread for the C's who shot just 39 percent from the fied.
WHO: Celtics (41-17) vs. Rockets (38-20) WHEN: 8:30 p.m. WHERE: TD Garden RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub TV: ABC
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis
Rockets G: Russell Westbrook G: James Harden F: Eric Gordon F: Robert Covington F: PJ Tucker