Final Score: Houston 109, Boston 85
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Terrence Jones scored a career-high 24
points, including six during an 18-1 run to open the game, and the Houston
Rockets shot almost 57 percent in a 109-85 win over the Boston Celtics on
The outcome was never in doubt after Houston's game-opening run. The Rockets
shot 80 percent in the first quarter for a 40-18 lead and 72.2 percent in the
first half for a 68-44 advantage the break.
"They played really inspired," said first-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "I
was really impressed."
Patrick Beverley had 16 points, James Harden scored 15, Chandler Parsons had
11 points and Dwight Howard filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 11 rebounds,
two steals and three blocks in under 28 minutes.
The Rockets have won three in a row and four of their last five.
Courtney Lee scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Celtics, who have lost
four in a row since a four-game winning streak. Avery Bradley added 11 points
and Jared Sullinger scored 10.
The Rockets missed just four of their 20 shots in the first quarter and were
5-for-7 on 3-pointers.
In addition to Jones' six points during the big run, Beverly had five.
Beverley opened the second quarter with a 3 to make it a 25-point game. The
Celtics later cut it to 18 but Houston scored 14 of the next 22 for its 24-
point lead at halftime.
"I want to make sure we don't play like that again," said Stevens. "There are
games where things don't go your way. We're letting one end affect the other
and you don't do that on good teams."
The Rockets stretched their lead to 35 points late in the third quarter on
Howard's putback and were up 88-57 going into the fourth. It was never closer
than 25 after that.
Jones' previous career-high was 14 points, set twice ... The Rockets are at
Dallas on Wednesday night ... The Celtics finish a three-game road trip
Wednesday at San Antonio.
11/19 23:09:01 ET
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