Boston Celtics defeat Houston Rockets, 94-87

HOUSTON—Paul Pierce scored 26 points, Ray Allen hit five 3-pointers and had 19 points, and the Boston Celtics snapped Houston's four-game winning streak with a 94-87 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.

Kevin Garnett added 15 points, and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists for the Celtics, who smothered high-scoring Houston point guard Aaron Brooks and held the Rockets to 39.5 percent shooting (30 of 76). Brooks, coming off back-to-back 31-point games, was held to 10 on 4-f...

HOUSTON — He only had 16 minutes next to his name entering the fourth quarter. Blame it on four fouls.

Paul Pierce had 11 points up until then, and with the Rockets trying to eat away at a double-digit lead and keep their season-high four-game winning streak alive, coach Doc Rivers figured it was time for Pierce to break out in the final quarter.

“He had a lot of rest,’’ Rivers said. “He was in foul trouble all game. He was the freshest guy on the floor.’’

Pierce ...

HOUSTON — In the 68th game, the Celtics found a recipe for beating a more athletic team in what could be considered their most significant victory of the season.

The 94-87 triumph over the Rockets last night at Toyota Center displayed how the Celtics have to proceed for the next several weeks if they hope to make a championship run.

The Celtics didn’t look like an old bunch trying to run with the young guys. Instead, they stopped the young guys from running. They pla...