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Jan 13, 2024 9:40 pm

Celtics use 3-point barrage to beat Rockets, improve to 19-0 at home

Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 32 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 27 to help the Boston Celtics defeat the visiting Houston Rockets 145-113 on Saturday night.

Brown made 11 of his 15 field-goal attempts and was 4-for-6 from 3-point territory. Tatum also had eight rebounds and five assists before he was ejected following his second technical foul with 10:17 to play.

Payton Pritchard added 19 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 17 to help Boston improve its home record to 19-0.

The Celtics made 24 of their 47 3-point attempts (51.1 percent). The 24 made 3-pointers is three shy of the franchise record, set against the New York Knicks in 2022. Ten Boston players made at least one 3-pointer.

Houston shot 40.4 percent from the field (40 of 99). The Rockets were 7 of 30 from behind the arc.

Cam Whitmore came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points for Houston. Alperen Sengun finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Dillon Brooks returned to the Houston lineup after missing nine games with a right oblique strain. He scored 12 points in 25 minutes.

It was the first game in Boston for Houston coach Ime Udoka since he was fired as Celtics head coach following the 2021-22 season.

The Celtics led 35-31 after one quarter and 69-58 at halftime. Boston made 12 of its 24 3-point attempts in the first half. The Rockets trailed 51-50 with 5:45 remaining in the second quarter, but the Celtics went on an 18-8 run to end the period.

Boston scored the first seven points in the second half, with five coming from Brown, and stretched the lead to 27 in the third quarter. The Celtics outscored the Rockets 43-28 in the third and led 112-86 entering the final 12 minutes.

Boston’s lead topped out at 36 in the fourth.

The loss dropped Houston’s road record to 4-13.

–Field Level Media

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