Houston Rockets defeat Boston Celtics, 89-85

Bad bounces, deities, and dog days, miscommunication and misfiring.

Since Christmas Day, those factors have trumped the Big Three, leprechauns, and ubuntu.

At least that's how the Celtics are explaining a slump that grew to 2-6 with an 89-85 loss to the Houston Rockets last night at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Rockets (22-15) crunched the Celtics (29-8) in crunch time, limiting them to two field goals over the final 8:34 and scoring the final 5 points as Boston's best s...