Dwight Howard's 32 carries Rockets by Celtics

Automated InsightsJanuary 14, 2014

Dwight Howard finished with 32 points and added 11 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets beat the Boston Celtics, 104-92. Houston (25-14) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Howard shot 11-17 from the field, in an efficient offensive performance. Other top performers for Houston were James Harden with 16 points and 7 rebounds, Jeremy Lin with 16 points and 9 assists, and Chandler Parsons with 14 points and 7 rebounds. On 11-21 shooting, including 2-7 from behind the arc, Avery Bradley scored 24 points for Boston in the loss.

In addition to 17.6% from 3-point range, the Celtics tallied an eFG% of just 39.1%. They are 1-8 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Rockets, conversely, are 9-1 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

Boston (13-26) has now lost nine straight contests.

Coming up, the Rockets square off against the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 15-21 on the season. The Celtics meet the Toronto Raptors, currently sitting at 19-17 this year. The Rockets have a 1-0 record against New Orleans this season. The Celtics are 0-1 versus Toronto this season.