[32-10] Houston Rockets 90-88 Boston Celtics [24-17]
Dragic with a breakaway dunk. | KG pops a long distance turnaround jumper.
In what was a defensive stalemate, the Houston Rockets barely managed to scrape the win. Other than a brief lead the Celtics had in the rising minutes of the first quarter, the Rockets led the whole game. They had a five point lead after one.
The game remained close afterwards, with the Rockets occasionally pushing their lead out to 10, but the Celtics would come running back. Ray Allen's
play kept them in it as he notched 16 points for the game. Kevin Garnett
also had a big game for the C's as he had 19 points accompanied by 13 boards. For Paul Pierce
and Rajon Rondo
, it was a struggle. Pierce was held to poor shooting through three quarters by Shane Battier
, but he got his act together in the fourth quarter. Rondo, the league leader in assists, was held to only three tonight and coughed up the ball eight times.
"He's their offensive anchor. If he becomes a non-factor, there is not much his teammates can do,
" were Rockets coach Rick Adelman's
nearly notched a double-double with 21 points and nine boards, with four assists to go with that. He did not shoot the ball well, but Yao Ming
provided some cushion as he scored 15 points on 7/11 shooting. Luis Scola
had 13 points and eight boards to round out their performances nicely.
Despite Pierce's efforts (he had 12 points in the fourth quarter), the Rockets acquired a double-digit lead with about four minutes to go in the game. The Celtics did not lay down and submit, for they raced back with a 12-4 run in the next two minutes. With the score 90-88, Boston had the chance to tie or win the game, but a forced jumper from Rondo was off as Houston held on to win it.Notes:
Houston limited the Celtics to only 10 assists for the night. Disrupting their offensive flow, the Celtics shot 42% from the field. The Rockets weren't better off either, as they shot just 40% from the field but still managed 24 assists.Key Performers:Rockets:
Kevin Martin - 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 7/18 FG, 2/5 3P, 5/6 FT
Yao Ming - 15 points, 5 rebounds, 7/11 FG
Luis Scola - 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 4/9 FG, 5/5 FT
Courtney Lee - 9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 4/11 FG
Shane Battier - 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3/7 FG
Kyle Lowry - 7 points, 8 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block, 2/7 FG, 3/4 FTCeltics:
Paul Pierce - 28 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 12/26 FG, 2/4 3P
Kevin Garnett - 19 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 8/21 FG, 3/4 FT
Ray Allen - 16 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 6/12 FG, 2/3 3P
Rajon Rondo - 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 5/12 FG, 8 TO23 21 23 23 90
18 21 23 26 88[33-10] Houston Rockets 102-106 San Antonio Spurs [21-21]
Yao Ming with a ferocious dunk! | Patrick Patterson gave the Rockets a nice spark off the bench.
Ginobili's excellent second half was key to a Spurs victory. | Duncan's first half was just as excellent and key.
If you give up multiple wide open three pointers to a single player, it can completely shift the momentum of a game. That is the lesson learned here by the Rockets, as they allowed Manu Ginobili
to fire up 5/8 from the third dimension. Ginobili finished with 28 points, seven boards, and five assists to become the player of the game.
San Antonio led almost the entire first quarter. Tim Duncan
was having a great game early on as he went 5/6 from the field and 12 points for the quarter. For the Rockets, Kevin Martin
had 11 points.
In the third quarter, things went topsy-turvy for the Rockets. Ginobili scored 14 of his 28 in this quarter, as the Spurs regained the lead midway through the quarter and kept it for the rest of the game.
In the fourth quarter, Ginobili knocked down what seemed to be the dagger three-pointer to give the Spurs a seemingly insurmountable 12-point lead. However, behind Martin's scoring (finished with a game high 32), Houston countered that with an 8-0 run. It wouldn't get any closer than the Rockets snapping at the Spurs' heels as they could not convert on an opportunity to tie the game at 102. San Antonio held on to put themselves above .500, while Houston's seven-game win streak came to a halt.Notes:
San Antonio outdid Houston on offense shooting 48% compared to the Rockets' 45%. Houston had a slight edge in assists at 26-24, but San Antonio commanded the boards 49-43 in this one. Key Performers:Rockets:
Kevin Martin - 32 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 12/26 FG, 2/7 3P, 6/6 FT
Yao Ming - 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 8/11 FG
Luis Scola - 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 5/11 FG
Patrick Patterson - 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 4/7 FG, 3/3 FT
Courtney Lee - 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 4/7 FGSpurs:
Manu Ginobili - 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 11/17 FG, 5/8 3P
Tim Duncan - 27 points, 14 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 11/19 FG, 5/5 FT
Tony Parker - 16 points, 9 assists, 1 rebound, 4 steals, 6/15 FG, 4/4 FT
George Hill - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 6/15 FG, 1/2 3P
Richard Jefferson - 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 5/11 FG27 31 17 27 102
27 27 27 25 106