Celtics fall at home, 89-85 to Rockets
2009-01-08 03:13:26 GMT2009-01-08 11:13:26 (Beijing Time)
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, below, battles Houston Rockets' Yao Ming for a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009. (AP Photo)
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (bottom) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets center Yao Ming in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts, January 7, 2009. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola (L) and Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce fight for a rebound in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts, January 7, 2009. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
BOSTON – Now the Celtics are losing at home, too.
Von Wafer hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to give Houston the lead and the Rockets beat Boston 89-85 on Wednesday night.
It was the sixth loss in eight games for the defending NBA champions, but their first at home since a Nov. 14 defeat to Denver sent them on a 19-game winning streak.
Yao Ming had 26 points and eight rebounds, scoring on a putback with 12.9 seconds left to help the Rockets snap a three-game losing streak and a five-game road skid.
Paul Pierce scored 26 points, and Kevin Garnett had 18 and eight rebounds for the Celtics.