The Celtics' 14 game home winning streak came to an end Friday night as the Houston Rockets left TD Garden with a 102-98 win.
It was an ugly game, to say the least.
Shots refused to fall throughout the entirety of the first half with both sides connecting on less than 40% of their looks from the field and less than 15% from beyond the arc. However it was the Celtics' barrage of careless passes that ended up giving the Rockets the halftime edge, translating into a number of opportunities to score in transition.
Houston looked much better in the third quarter, ultimately hitting 61.1% of their shots from the floor. But Boston got an unexpected spark from Terry Rozier during a 10-minute stretch between the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters. The rookie point guard accounted for a number of hustle plays, including seven rebounds (three offensive) and a forced turnover after he pestered a Houston ball-handler immediately following an inbounds pass.
In typical Celtics fashion, the green made things interesting down the final stretch but came up short no thanks to a pretty soft technical foul assessed to Evan Turner with 8.3 seconds left on the game clock.
It just wasn't their night. As a team they missed a ridiculous number of shots that they usually make and allowing the Rockets to score 31 points off turnovers simply didn't do them any favors.