The Celtics got off to a hot start and were never outscored in any quarter and steadily created a wider margin of victory as the game wore on.
Boston got a great performance from Kevin Garnett who not only contributed with 17 points on the offensive end of the floor, but was a huge factor on defense. The power forward/center racked up four blocks and eight rebounds.
Garnett's personal effort spearheaded a solid defensive performance that forced the Rockets to shoot 43 percent from the field.
Outside of James Harden and Chandler Parsons, the Rockets struggled to get anything going offensively and were forced out of rhythm by the Celtics defense. Harden led all scorers with 24 points on the night while Parsons put up 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the losing effort.
Ultimately Harden and Parsons couldn't get the job done as they received very little help offensively outside of Jeremy Lin. The team shot 12-of-29 from the free-throw line and had no other scorers in double digits.
Player of the Game: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
The Celtics got a classic effort from Pierce.
The small forward led the way offensively with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field with six rebounds and three assists. He was also 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.
With Harden keying the Rockets offense, the Celtics needed someone to go basket-for-basket with the star guard and Pierce did just that. Harden outscored him by one point, but it was Pierce's team that ultimately got the victory.
What's Next for the Rockets?
The Rockets will travel to Philadelphia to take on the 15-22 76ers on Saturday.
What's Next for the Celtics?
The Celtics get the weekend off and host the 9-26 Bobcats on Monday.
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