Tuesday, December 18, 2012

C's Drop Back to Back in Texas

The Celtics opened up their three game road trip in Houston on Friday night getting off to a very a sluggish start. Courtney Lee took over the starting guard spot sending Jason Terry back to his reserve role, something Terry is very comfortable with. Boston was able to come back in the second quarter before giving up the lead to the Rockets for good in the fourth. Houston ended up winning by double digits, 101-89. Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with 18 points, Rajon Rondo was able to put together a double-double (15 points, 13 assists), but had a season high seven turnovers in what was overall a pretty ugly effort from the guys in green. James Harden and the Rockets were able to dominate the last five minutes of the game, Harden finished with a game high 21 points. Greg Smith was the X-factor for the Rockets with 20 points off the bench in only 21 minutes on 8-9 shooting from the field.

The following evening the Celtics were in San Antonio taking on a Spurs team that had their number earlier this season at the Garden. Another tough game on the road for the C's ended with their second double digit loss in a row, 103-88. The Spurs went on a 13-3 run in the fourth that put the game out of Boston's reach, solidifying a win despite only five points from Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili playing only four minutes. The Celtics were led by Paul Pierce and Jason Terry who finished with 18 points each, Kevin Garnett chipped in with 13 to go along with six rebounds. But the Spurs proved to be too much, Tony Parker had 22 points and Gary Neal was right behind him with 20.
The Celts will try and finish the three game road trip strong Tuesday night in Chicago, before returning home to play the Cavs on Wednesday.

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