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Monday, December 05, 2022

Tatum, Celtics send Rockets for 15th straight loss, 108-90

BOSTON (NWN) — Jason Tatum scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown scored 19 in a comeback after missing eight games with an injury, and the Boston Celtics edged Houston 108-90 on Monday night, helping the Rockets. got their 15th straight defeat.

Dennis Schröder added 18 points for Boston, which has won three consecutive and eight out of 11 points. Al Horford had 11 points and 11 rebounds. It was Tatum’s fourth straight game with 30 or more points.

Armoni Brooks had 17 points for Houston (1-16). None of the starters reached the double-digit score. The Rockets’ only win came against Oklahoma City in their second game at home.

Starting center Robert Williams III also returned for Boston after being ruled out of the previous three games with a pain in his left knee. He had 15 rebounds and two points.

The Celtics (10-8) opened it up in the third quarter with a 17-0 run in the middle, keeping the Rockets without a point for 6 minutes.

Brown, who was sidelined by a right hamstring injury, put the fans on their feet by scoring 10 straight points.

He took a scoop shot into the lane after two free throws and capped his burst with consecutive 3s 24 seconds, first in the transition from above and second on the left wing, with 6:43 left to make it 72-50. Third.

Boston led 86–63 after three quarters.

Tatum had 22 points in the opening half.

Tip-ins

Rockets: Kevin Porter Jr. was sidelined for his third straight game with a left thigh injury.

Celtics: The Browns were on a one-minute ban, with coach Ime Udoka saying he would play about half the game. Brown’s first basket in two-and-a-half weeks came on the jumper in the middle of the first quarter when he missed his first three shots. He played 23 minutes. … g Josh Richardson missed the game with a non-COVID illness.

theme night

It was billed as “80s Night” at TD Garden, with music from that era played during the timeout with video highlights from the old Boston Garden.

The Celtics welcomed former player and coach ML Carr and former guard Gerald Henderson, whose steal in Game 2 of the 1984 NBA Finals helped Boston defeat the Lakers on their way to the championship.

Plus, the Celtics beat the Rockets for the 1981 and ’86 NBA titles, and well, as in the ’80s, the teams had some chippy games in the first half.

welcome back

Former Celtic Daniel Theis got a good hand during the pregame introduction.

Thies, 29, was traded to Chicago last March in his fourth season with the Celtics. The Rockets got him in a sign-and-trade deal with the Bulls during the summer.

next

Rockets: Host Chicago on Wednesday.

Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday to complete a four-game homestand.

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