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Sounds of the game… Celtics-Rockets postgame

The Celtics [1] beat the Houston Rockets [2], 90-89, when Gabe Pruitt [3] banked in a jumper with 6.6 seconds remaining to improve to 2-1 in the preseason. But that was hardly the story of a game that featured Ron Artest [4] driving Paul Pierce [5] the floor on a drive to the basket in the first quarter, a Tracy McGrady [6] elbow to the ribs of rookie Bill Walker [7] and McGrady and Eddie House [8] almost going at it after exchanging words in the second quarter.

Here’s what some of the Celtics had to say about not backing down afterward.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said they can’t back down [9].

Rivers said there are lessons to be learned from Bill Walker’s toughness [10].

Bill Walker said his confrontation with Tracy McGrady could have escalated [11].

Kevin Garnett was impressed with Walker’s composure [12].

Paul Pierce said Celtics must maintain composure [13].