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Coming into Houston tonight, the Celtics needed a win to start this difficult road trip off on the right foot. They did just that with a 97-84 win over the Houston Rockets. The Celtics have managed to put together three quality wins in a row. Could this possibly be the “turning point” that everyone has been talking about all season?
The Celtics had a nice well rounded effort from both the starters and the bench. The Big Three actually looked like the Big Three of old for the first time in a while. Paul Pierce finished with 26 points in 28 minutes, with 15 of them coming in the fourth quarter, after sitting most of the first three quarters with foul trouble. Ray Allen got the Celtics some of their early big leads and finished the night 19 points and 5-8 from beyond the three point line. Kevin Garnett had 15 points and eight rebounds tonight for a solid effort.
There were some other boys in green that had good nights as well. Rajon Rondo had 10 assists, but only two points after everyone expected the big match-up to be between Rondo and Aaron Brooks, which was not the case. Rasheed Wallace looked good early on in the game and finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Finally, both Glen Davis and Nate Robinson had eight points each off the bench. Thank God for Glen Davis and his ability to grab offensive rebounds because if it was not for him, the Celtics would probably never have won. Davis had seven rebounds tonight, five of which came from the offensive end.
The biggest problem for the Rockets tonight was their size, which is not usually an advantage for the C’s. However, they stayed in the game for most of it and did not give up against a better Celtics team who played great defense tonight, holding the Rockets to a 39.5 field goal percentage.
Luis Scola and Kevin Martin lead the Rockets with 17 points each as Scola had a double-double with 10 rebounds as well. Aaron Brooks had 10 points after being out sized by Rajon Rondo, which does not happen very much. Trevor Ariza and Jordan Hill off the bench each added 11 points.
The highlight of this game had to have been the comical jump ball between two of the smallest players in the NBA, Aaron Brooks and Nate Robinson. The two had a jump ball in the middle of the third quarter that the dunk champ, Robinson, was able to win.
The Celtics started this road trip off right and hope to bring the momentum they have created into Dallas tomorrow night against the Mavs who are one of the NBA’s hottest teams right now.