Paul Pierce scored 26 points to help lead the Celtics past the Rockets Friday night. (AP)The Big Three were back on Friday night in Houston.



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The Big Three came together to help the Celtics beat the Rockets, 94-87, on Friday night in Houston. Paul Pierce led all players with 26 points (15 in the fourth quarter); Ray Allen shot 5-for-8 from long-range to score 19, and Kevin Garnett scored 15. Luis Scola and Kevin Martin led the Rockets with 17 points apiece. Rajon Rondo dished 10 assists, just five less than the entire Rockets team combined. The Celtics will face the Rockets again in April.

Brian Scalabrine (back) has played a supporting role for the Celtics this season. (AP)Whatever happens to Brian Scalabrine after this season, he isn't pinning the outcome on anyone but himself.



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In the first 12 minutes at the Garden last night, the Celtics shot 21 times and made 14 of them. The Knicks took 20 and made five.

It’s been said that in the NBA everyone makes a run, and while it’s conceivable that the Knicks could have staged an improbable comeback at some point, almost everyone in the building knew it wasn’t going to happen.



Celtics guard Rajon Rondo takes the ball to the basket during Monday night's victory over the Pistons. (AP)So, we know that they can do it. We know that if the Celtics set their mind to it, they can still play in-your-grill defense and pass the ball quickly to the open man.



Paul Pierce finds his path blocked by Antawn Jamison during the Celtics' loss in Cleveland Sunday. (AP)Kendrick Perkins knew what to expect from Anderson Varejao.



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Rajon Rondo and the Celtics avoided a replay of the loss to Memphis. (AP)The Celtics only watched the first quarter of their loss to the Grizzlies, but that 12 minutes of film was all they needed to get the message.
 



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Ray Allen drives on Sam Young during the Celtics' loss to the Grizzlies. (AP)Before Wednesday night’s Celtics-Grizzlies game, autographed boxing gloves from Manny Pacquiao adorned the Celtics’ lockers. They were a gift from the world-renowned boxer, whom many players on the team met following their championship in 2008.



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Andrew Bogut dunks on Glen Davis during the Bucks' win over the Celtics Tuesday night in Milwaukee. (AP)It’s been a while since the Celtics played a tough, competitive game against a solid opponent. They’ve had close games, but hardly well-played close games.