After Trailing by 26, Celtics Beat Rockets in Final Seconds

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.


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

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