After a 101-89 loss to Houston, the numbers showed Boston struggled from inside.
The Boston Celtics (12-10) trail the Brooklyn Nets (13-9) by one game in the Atlantic division. Both teams are chasing the New York Knicks (17-5), who hold the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics lost to the Houston Rockets on Friday night, 101-89. Paul Pierce had 18 points in the losing effort, and Rajon Rondo scored 15, adding 13 assists.
The Boston Celtics take on the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs on national TV just two days removed from a double-overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Boston television schedule for Friday is highlighted by the Boston Celtics hitting the road to take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets on ESPN.
Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are currently projected to start for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game.
The Boston Celtics have creeped into a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division, although the New York Knicks have pulled out to a sizable lead in the early going.
The Boston Celtics reassigned Fab Melo to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League, two days after recalling him.