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Celtics blown out by Rockets en route to fourth straight loss

The Celtics [1] have been slapped with a big ol’ dose of NBA reality.

Brad Stevens [2] team was blown out for a second straight road game, this time dropping a 109-85 decision to the Rockets in Houston. It was the Celtics’ fourth straight loss after having won four in a row.

The C’s continued to struggle offensively, having now scored under 90 points in six of their eight losses. This time the Celts’ woes came against a Houston team that came into the game having allowed the second-most points per game of any NBA team.

Not helping matters was the Celtics’ porous defense, with the Rockets shooting 57 percent. Houston managed the rout despite Dwight Howard [3] totaling just 10 points. The hosts’ primary weapon was Terrence Jones, who scored a career-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field in just 27 minutes.

The game was never close, with the Rockets holding a 40-18 lead after the first quarter (going 16-of-20 from the field), and 68-44 advantage at halftime.

Courtney Lee [4] led all Celtics scorers with 17 points, while Avery Bradley [5] chipped in with 11 (although he only made five of his 22 shots from the floor). The C’s shot just 32 percent from the field.

For a complete box score, click here. [6]