Celts Lose Ugly In Houston

Martin, Patterson lead Rockets' rout of Celtics

      HOUSTON (AP) – Kevin Martin scored 25 points, rookie Patrick
Patterson had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and the
Houston Rockets routed the Boston Celtics 93-77 on Friday night.
      Kyle Lowry scored 20 and had nine assists and Chuck Hayes had 11
points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who've won three in a row
and moved within 1½ games of Memphis in the race for the final
playoff spot in the Western Conference.
      Jeff Green scored 17 points and Glen Davis added 16 for the
Celtics, who've lost four of six. Boston slipped a half game behind
Chicago for the best record in the East.
      Paul Pierce scored 10 points, but went 2 for 10 from the field,
and Rajon Rondo had only four points on 2-for-11 shooting. Boston's
point total was a season low for a Rockets' opponent.
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