Kevin Garnett got the turnarounds he wanted. The shots just wouldn't fall. Ray Allen got the open looks. They bounced off the rim. Paul Pierce drove hard to the rim. He didn't get the whistles.
The Celtics got seven point-blank looks at the basket in their 93-77 loss to the Rockets last night and missed them all.
"That's uncharacteristic of us,'' coach Doc Rivers said.
And the Celtics defense caved amid all the misses.
The Rockets made 11 of 22 shots in the first quarter, with Kyle Lowry knocking down a 26-footer that rang through the Toyota Center at the end of the quarter.
The Rockets hit 9 of 18 shots in the second quarter, with Lowry drilling another 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left before the half.