Celts Lose to Rockets for 9th Straight Loss

Howard has 32 and 10, Rockets top Celtics 104-92

       BOSTON (AP) _ Dwight Howard had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat Boston 104-92 on Monday night to send the skidding Celtics to their ninth consecutive defeat.

        Jeremy Lin added 16 points and nine assists for Houston, and Chandler Parsons added 14 points after missing three games with a knee injury. Parsons is having a breakout season, averaging 17.5 points (on 51.7 percent shooting) and 5.4 rebounds.

        Avery Bradley had 24 points for the Celtics, on their longest losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 18 straight games in 2007.

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