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
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
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.
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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