Instant Replay: Rockets blow out Celtics

Instant Replay: Rockets blow out Celtics
November 19, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The Houston Rockets matched their season-opening three-game winning streak, with wins over New York, Denver and Tuesday night over the Boston Celtics, 109-85. This streak seems a little bit better with the Rockets shooting finding some real rhythm on offense, especially in the last two wins.

Houston scored 68 points in the first half, while making 26-of-36 shots (72.2 percent). As outstanding as their offense was, their defense might have been better.

Boston fired up 52 first-half shots and connected on just 17 of them. Part of the Celtics issue was the Rockets shot blockers. Houston blocked eight shots in the first half, seven came in the first quarter when the Rockets built a 22-point lead.

Houston finished with 10 blocks, just under their average of 11 over their last four games.

He just can’t miss, until he finally did

Rockets' second-year forward, Terrence Jones has clearly taken well to his starting role. He posted double-doubles in two of his previous three starts and narrowly missed another one against Boston. He led the team with 24 points and nine rebounds. He made his first eight shots of the game, not missing until the third quarter and finishing 10-of-12 from the floor.

Highlight of the night

This game was a highlight reel from the very beginning. A 40-point first quarter was littered with fast breaks, alley-oop layups and dunks. A late game, chase-down block from Donatas Motiejunas on Kelly Olynyk got the crowd on their feet one last time in the fourth quarter.

The game as over when…

It didn’t take long. Houston scored first, following the first of their seven first quarter blocked shots. They were up 10 points before three minutes had elapsed. They made all but four of their 20 first quarter shots and held the Celtics to just 7-of-29 shooting (24.1 percent) and were up 22 points by the time their best all-around quarter of the season.

Next up

The fourth set of back-to-back games for the Rockets will conclude tomorrow night with the Rockets in Dallas for their second meeting of the season. The Rockets beat the Mavericks in their second game of the season, 113-105. Houston led by as many as 22 points with James Harden’s 34 points leading the team. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 22 points, but was just 6-of-15 shooting and the Mavericks shot just 38 percent in the game.