NBA Game Summary - Houston at Boston

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Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwight Howard scored 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made enough free throws down the stretch to lift the Houston Rockets over the Boston Celtics, 104-92, on Monday.

Jeremy Lin recorded 16 points and nine assists, James Harden netted 16 points as well and Chandler Parsons returned from a three-game absence to add 14 points for the Rockets, who improved to 2-1 on their four-game road trip.

Avery Bradley poured in 24 points and Jerryd Bayless chipped in with 17, but the Celtics still dropped their ninth straight game -- the club's longest skid in six seasons.

Boston was outscored in the paint, 58-36, and shot just 37.6 percent from the field.

The Rockets missed 15 of their first 20 shots and found themselves down by nine, 21-12, nine minutes in before discovering their usual scoring stroke.

Houston shot 13-of-21 from the field the rest of the half, and a 15-6 run to close the second quarter gave the visitors a 52-43 lead at the break.

Harden and Parsons hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third, stretching Houston's lead to 62-45, and the Rockets cruised into the final frame with an 84-65 cushion.

The closest the Celtics got in the fourth was seven after Bayless's mid-range jumper got them within 97-90 with 2:48 remaining.

Howard split three consecutive trips to the foul line to make it a double- digit game again with 2:12 remaining, and the Rockets held on from there.

GAME NOTES:
Terrence Jones posted 12 points and 12 rebounds for Houston ... Howard recorded five alley-oop dunks ... Houston pummeled Boston, 109-85, on Nov. 19 and swept the two-game season series for the first time since the 2010-11 season ... Parsons had been sidelined because of a hamstring issue ... Boston last lost nine in a row during a franchise-worst 18-game slide from Jan. 7 - Feb. 11, 2007 ... Houston will close its trek Wednesday at New Orleans.

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