After Trailing by 26, Celtics Beat Rockets in Final Seconds - NECN

After Trailing by 26, Celtics Beat Rockets in Final Seconds

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    After Trailing by 26, Celtics Beat Rockets in Final Seconds
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    Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) protests a call beside Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.

    The Celtics came back from a 26-point deficit against the Rockets to take their first and only lead of the game with just three seconds left.

    Boston defeated Houston 99-98 Thursday night. Al Horford scored the game-winner four seconds after Jayson Tatum dunked to pull within a point. The Celtics regained possession on an offensive foul from James Harden -- he made another immediately after Horford's basket.

    The Rockets outscored the Celtics 32-12 in the first quarter, taking a lead of 52-28 in the second quarter. At halftime, they were still down by 24. But they came alive in the second half.

    Kyrie Irving led the Celtics in scoring with 26 points. Harden put up 34 for the Rockets to go along with 10 assists.