BOSTON MA - JANUARY 10: Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Boston Celtics on January 10 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. The Rockets defeated the Celtics 108-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Rockets Finally Snap Five Game Losing Streak, Beat Boston 108-102

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Aaron Brooks led a balanced attack with a game- high 24 points as the Houston Rockets snapped a five-game losing streak after defeating the Boston Celtics, 108-102, at TD Garden.

Kyle Lowry finished with 17 points and eight assists, while Chase Budinger hit 3-of-4 from three-point range to end with 13 points off the bench for the Rockets, who shot 52.7 percent from the field and made 10-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Luis Scola donated 12 points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Hill ended with 12 points and eight boards in the victory.

Ray Allen and Marquis Daniels each went for 19 points apiece for Boston, which has dropped two in a row after a four-game winning streak. Paul Pierce and Glen Davis netted 16 and 12 points, respectively, in defeat.

Brooks hit a fade away with 8:47 left in the fourth to put Houston in front 90-80 and the Rockets went ahead by a seemingly comfortable 12-point margin at 106-94 after Brooks drained a triple with 3:13 remaining.

However, Daniels made a driving layup and Allen and Pierce hit back-to-back threes as part of an 8-0 run to make it a 106-102 game with 27.2 seconds to play.

Boston wouldn’t get any closer as Brooks was fouled and made both free throws with 17.2 ticks left to ice the victory for the Rockets.

Rajon Rondo’s runner beat the first quarter buzzer, but Houston still led 27-22 after the opening 12 minutes.

Houston stretched its advantage to nine, 33-24, early in the second before Von Wafer finished off a 9-0 run by the Celtics to even things with 8:44 left in the half.

The game stayed tight for the rest of quarter and Shane Battier made 1-of-2 from the stripe in the closing seconds to give the Rockets a 50-49 edge heading into the locker room.

Allen’s layup tied the contest at 57-57 nearly 3 1/2 minutes into the third, but Lowry made a pair at the stripe and Hill’s putback dunk put the Rockets back in front.

Patrick Patterson finished the scoring in the third with a layup with 27.2 seconds left, and the visitors were up 80-74 after three quarters.

Game Notes

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett missed his seventh straight game with a right leg injury…Boston made 50.7 percent of its shots and 5-of-13 from three- point territory…Despite the loss, Boston has have won four of the past seven meetings between the teams, but the Rockets improved to 12-5 in their last 17 trips to the New England area…The Celtics dropped to 16-3 at home this season, while Houston improved to 7-14 as the visitor…Rondo had a game-best 12 assists to go with nine points…Brooks returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with an ankle injury.

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Rockets Bring Porous Defense To Boston To Face Best Defense In NBA

(Sports Network) - The chances of the Houston Rockets ending their five-game losing streak tonight in Boston are not considered favorable.

Houston is winless in five straight and six of seven games since ripping off a season-high five consecutive wins. It has also lost three in a row as the visitor and owns a 6-14 mark away from the Toyota Center this season. That's where the last setback took place, as the Rockets dropped a 103-99 decision in overtime to the Utah Jazz.

Luis Scola posted 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Kevin Martin provided 20 points for the Rockets, who were outscored by a 14-10 margin in the extra period and blew a 16-point advantage. Utah used a 14-5 run at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.

"In the second half we just couldn't get anything going offensively," Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. "They came out and made the plays when they had to."

The Rockets made 3-of-25 from beyond the arc and got 10 points from Shane Battier. They also shot a dismal 38 percent from the floor. Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks missed his third straight game with an ankle sprain and is questionable for Monday's matchup in Beantown.

Houston's five-game slide is the longest since opening the 2010-11 campaign with five consecutive losses.

Boston will begin a six-game homestand Monday versus the Rockets, Kings, Bobcats, Magic, Pistons and Jazz, and is coming off a tough 90-79 loss in Chicago on Saturday night. Bulls star Derrick Rose poured in 36 points to lead the charge and end the Celtics' four-game winning streak.

Paul Pierce scored 21 points, Ray Allen had 19 and Rajon Rondo added 13 with a game-high eight assists for Boston, which got zero points from rookie Luke Harangody one night after he established career highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's victory over Toronto.

"We had a lot of one-pass shooting tonight," Pierce told "There's really no explanation. That's really not the way we play. They wanted it more truthfully. They got all the loose balls. They attacked it."

The Celtics have won three in a row at home and sport a commanding 16-2 ledger in Beantown this season. They could get future Hall of Fame power forward Kevin Garnett back in the lineup tonight. Garnett has missed six games with a right leg injury suffered against Detroit on Dec. 29, and is averaging 15.0 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds this season.

Boston and Houston have split the last two home-and-home series, with each team holding serve as the visitor. The Celtics have won four of the past six meetings between the teams, while the Rockets are 11-5 in their previous 16 trips to the New England area.

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