NBA wrap: Celtics continue to struggle, fall to Rockets

Boston has now lost five of its last six games.

Published : Mar 04, 2019 08:15 IST

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

The Rockets extended their winning streak to five games against the Celtics on Sunday with a 115-104 victory.

James Harden scored 42 points against a struggling Boston team that has lost five of its last six games. Eric Gordon also poured in 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting.

Houston's roster is finally looking healthy. Kenneth Faried (hip) and Iman Shumpert (calf) did not play, but the Rockets were able to give a sneak peak into what they're capable of.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Boston was widely considered to be the best team in the Eastern Conference entering 2018-19, but haven't been able to recreate last year's success.

The Rockets improved to 38-25 with the win while the Celtics dropped to 38-26.

Studs of the Night

Alex Len scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Atlanta's 123-118 win over Chicago.

Rodney Hood rattled home 21 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Trail Blazers beat the Hornets 118-108.

Kyle Lowry's 35 points, seven rebounds and five assists didn't lead to a Raptors win, as Toronto fell to Detroit 112-107.

Duds of the Night

Dennis Smith Jr. had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in the Knicks' 128-107 loss to the Clippers.

Terrence Ross scored two points on 1-of-12 shooting in Orlando's 107-93 loss to Cleveland.


Harden drained this 3-pointer from the left wing while avoiding Irving and Jayson Tatum.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander changed hands in midair to finish a scoop layup against Kevin Knox.

What's Next?

Clippers (36-29) at Lakers (30-33) 10:30 p.m. ET —  The Lakers are still trying to get back into the playoff picture. But the Clippers are five games ahead in the Western Conference standings. There isn't much time left in the regular season, so this rivalry game will be critical for both sides.

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