Rockets top Celtics, Asik returns

Rockets top Celtics, Asik returns
November 19, 2013, 6:00 pm
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McHale on Rockets win over Celtics

On a night when the Houston Rockets rolled past the Boston Celtics, 109-85, center Omer Asik's return to the lineup was essentially a non-story.

After missing the last two games as he was frustrated with his role on the team, Asik was not called upon until there was just 6:49 left in the game. He entered the game, with cheers easily outweighed a small number of boos, and then went about his business as he did for the first year and change he was in a Rockets uniform.

"We got a game again tomorrow night," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale. "We'll see where it goes. Everybody out there is playing (well), we'll see where the time goes with Omer."

Terrence Jones delivered a career-high 24 points against Boston and added nine rebounds. He also made his first eight shots from the floor and contributed two of the Rockets ten blocks. Houston has 54 blocks over their last five games since Jones has taken Asik's spot in the rotation. They blocked 25 shots in the previous five games.

The Rockets will face the Mavericks in Dallas on Wednesday night, who they faced in the first week of the season. Asik started that night but played only 15:26 because of foul trouble.