Celtics mount stirring comeback

30 December 2017 04:55:21 GMTPlus11

The Boston Celtics came back from 26 points down to upend the Houston Rockets 99-98 Thursday evening at TD Garden in Boston.

The visitors held the hosts to only 12 points in the first quarter and led by 24 points at half-time, but the Rockets collapsed down the stretch allowing the Celtics back into the contest.

Leading the way for Boston was Kyrie Irving, as the 25-year old point guard from Melbourne, Australia scored a team high 26 points while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out four assists for the game.

The Celtics are now on a two game winning streak and have won six of their last ten contests.

The hosts are back on top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-10, which is the second best in the NBA behind the Golden State Warriors at 28-7. The Celtics are 3.40 to win the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Raptors 8.00.

Houston continues to be in a funk, as the Rockets have now lost four straight games after amassing a 14 game winning streak before this downturn.

The visitors only scored 36 points in all of the second half after scoring 32 points in the first quarter alone.

James Harden led the way in defeat for the Rockets, as the 28-year old shooting guard out of Arizona State University scored a game high 34 points while grabbing six rebounds and passing out 10 assists for a double-double for the contest.

Houston will now head to Washington D.C. to take on the Wizards on Friday. Boston will remain at home as they host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

The Celtics are 9.50 to win the NBA title with the Rockets priced at 8.00.

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