The Rockets, who for the fourth time in their last five games, played like their namesake in the first half, jumping out to a 40-18 lead in the first quarter and shooting a torrid 72.2 percent in the half.
Boston outscored Houston 28-21 in the fourth quarter but could not make up enough of the ground they lost in the first half and lost their fourth game in a row. The Celtics trailed 68-44 at the break and shot 32.3 percent from the field compared to 56.9 percent for Houston.
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