Ahead of Tuesday’s match up with the Houston Rockets in Houston, the Boston Celtics had won seven games in a row. They left the city, however, having seen their win streak snapped, courtesy of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, of course. Harden looked much more like his usual self than he has in about a month or so, dropping 42 points to lead all scorers. But the good news for the Rockets was that Westbrook’s level of recent play did not drop as a result.
He also put up 36 as they raced out to a 116-105 win on home court. In addition to having conceded 78 points combined to just two players, the Celtics also didn’t get a whole ton of production from any one player. Gordon Hayward led them in scoring with ‘only’ 20 points in the defeat. Jaylen Brown also had 19, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the third quarter proved to be the decisive period. Both teams remain well on course for the playoffs, and they will each hope to be able to put a dent in their respective conference’s more favored teams.