There are some nights in basketball where you just don’t have it. Tonight was one of those nights for the Boston Celtics.
The C’s were outscored 40-18 in the fourth quarter, all five of Houston’s starters hit double figures before the third quarter was over, the Rockets blew out Boston at home by the final score of 109-85.
Houston shot 56.9% from the floor, almost double Boston’s 32.3% shooting percentage.
The C’s shot 6-of-25 in the third quarter, only 24 % from the field.
Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger may have been the only minor bright spots for Boston. Lee led the C’s with 14 points off of the bench of 6-of-14 from the field, while Sullinger scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Terrence Jones led Houston with 24 points in 27 minutes. He was 10-for-12 from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds.
Patrick Beverly had 16, James Harden had 15, Chandler Parsons 11, and Dwight Howard 10. Howard also had 11 rebounds.
As if that wasn’t enough, Jeremy Lin scored 11 off of the bench, making himself the sixth Houston player to reach double-digits.
The Boston actually outshot the Rockets 99-72, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net.
All in all, the only quarter the Celtics won was the fourth, being outscored 88-57 through the first 36 minutes.
With the loss Boston now falls to 4-8. After losing their first four games to begin the season they won four straight, and again have lost just as many. The Celtics are in San Antonio tomorrow night, tip-off set for 8:30 p.m.