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When things are going bad (and they are now that the Celts have lost six of their last eight games), someone named Von Wafer hits a huge shot to beat you.
The Celtics suffered such a fate Wednesday night as the Rockets guard (filling in for an injured Tracy McGrady) hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 44 seconds left, and Yao Ming used all 7’6″ of himself to put in a late basket to carry Houston to a 89-85 win.
Paul Pierce cannot be blamed at all for the Celtics’ recent struggles, as the captain continued his recent strong play. Pierce hit 7-14 shots for a team-high 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Kevin Garnett played well too, pitching in 18 points and eight rebounds.
Yao carried the Rockets though, scoring a team-high 26 points. He also pulled down eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Late in the game after Von Wafer’s three-pointer gave the Rockets the lead, Yao played basketball by himself as he kept gathering rebounds from his misses until he put a layup in over the leaping Kendrick Perkins (7’6″ >>>>>>> 6’10″…sorry Perk).
Gabe Pruitt finally saw some more time off the bench, and hit 3-5 shots for seven points. Glen “Big Baby” Davis led the bench with 12 points, while Leon Powe added seven rebounds and a block.
Most of the recent losses for the Celtics have been on the road. This time, the Celtics lost at home, which I think may help the team get out of a slump. Losses on the road can be tough to take, but losing at home is a really tough pill to swallow. Coach Doc Rivers agress.
“In our last timeout, you could see it in our guys’ eyes. Like, ‘Shoot, we’re going to lose this home game,”’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It bothered them. You could see that. And I was thinking, ‘That’s a good thing.”’