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NBA : GAME OF THE DAY

Celtics outlast Rockets, 103-99

November 05, 2008|associated press

HOUSTON -- Boston's Big Three outplayed Houston's trio of stars Tuesday night.

Ray Allen scored 29 points, Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the Celtics shut down Ron Artest and Yao Ming in a 103-99 victory over the Rockets.

Tracy McGrady scored 26 points for Houston and tried to rally the Rockets (3-1) down the stretch against the defending NBA champions.

The Celtics led, 101-97, when McGrady rose for a three-point shot and was fouled by Tony Allen. McGrady landed awkwardly and grabbed his sore left knee as Boston Coach Doc Rivers protested the call, claiming McGrady was trying to pass.

Referees reviewed the play as McGrady walked off the blow to his knee. He was given three free throws and made two, cutting Boston's lead to 101-99.

Eddie House made two free throws at the other end with 9.6 seconds remaining. Brent Barry then shot an airball and Garnett caught it to secure the victory.

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