Jones, Rockets romp past Celtics, 109-85

The Associated Press
Jones, Rockets romp past Celtics, 109-85
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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley, left, pressures Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Terrence Jones scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to their third straight victory, 109-85 over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Jones was 10 of 12 from the field as the Rockets shot 57 percent as a team, including 72 percent in the first half in building a 24-point halftime lead.

Patrick Beverley chipped in 16 points, James Harden added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons each had 11 points as the Rockets raced out to a 17-point, first-quarter lead and were never threatened.

Courtney Lee had 17 points, Avery Bradley added 11 and Jared Sullinger had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Boston, which lost its fourth in a row.