Rockets (49-13) make amends for the one point loss (99-98) they had to the Celtics (44-20) earlier this season after surrendering a 26 point lead in Boston, by defeating the Celtics in a national televised Saturday night thriller 123-120. This was a back and forth, up tempo game that came down to the last possession. Overall this felt like a playoff atmosphere from start to finish. The intensity from both teams was fierce, and they competed on both ends of the floor.
The difference in the game could of ultimately came down to the steal Chris Paul had off a defensive rebound by Terry Rozier later in the fourth with the Celtics up three, that led to a game tying three by Trevor Ariza.
The Rockets were led by Eric Gordons 29 points off the bench and 21 of those points came from three. MVP candidate James Harden had 26 points, 10 assist, and 7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza added 21 point and had crucial plays in the fourth to help lead the Rockets to victory. Chris Paul who started the game in foul trouble with 3 fouls in the first half, chipped in with 15 points and 7 assist. The Rockets were a plus 18 from three.
The Celtics have no reason to hang their head because they played very well. If not for a few unfortunate bounces of the ball going Houston's way, they would have left the Toyota Center victorious.
They had seven players in double figures. Marcus Morris led them with 21 points off the bench. Kyrie Irving and Greg Monroe add 18 points a piece. Back up point guard Terry Rozier added a very efficient 17 points on 7-10 from the field and 3-3 from three.
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