The Celtics blew a 10-point lead in the final four minutes of regulation, leading to a disastrous 129-120 loss to the undermanned Nets in overtime at the TD Garden on Tuesday night. Caris LaVert erupted for 51 points for the visitors, willing the Nets back from a 21-point deficit by helping the Nets pile up 51 points in the fourth quarter against a Celtics team that was down Jayson Tatum (illness), Gordon Hayward (knee) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring) by the final minutes. With Kemba Walker stuck on a minutes limit, the Celtics were forced to play an all-bench unit in OT essentially while Brooklyn outscored them 11-2. Easily the ugliest loss of the season for Boston.
WHO: Celtics (41-18) vs. Rockets (38-20) WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: TD Garden RADIO: 105.7 WROR TV: NBC Sports Boston
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Marcus Smart
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis
Nets G: Spencer Dinwiddie G: Caris LaVert F: Joe Harris F: Taurean Prince C: Jarrett Allen