Celtics coach Doc Rivers was not pleased with how his team folded during critical stretches of a 119-114 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday night at TD Garden, the team's third straight loss -- all coming at home. "We played like a high school team at times, as far as the way our thought process was," Rivers said. "We have been a pretty smart team. Tonight, I thought it was April 1. It was amazing how many things we did that was out of character. And that bothers me. I can live with a loss.

Aaron Brooks forced overtime with a 3-pointer and finished with a team-high 30 points as the Houston Rockets handed the Celtics their third straight home loss, 119-114, Friday night at TD Garden. The Celtics scored the first five points of overtime but couldn't score again as the Rockets finished overtime on a 10-0 run. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 27 while Rajon Rondo added 23.


With an alley-oop pass to Kevin Garnett with 8:45 remaining in the first quarter, Rajon Rondo collected his second assist of the game and 716th of the season, passing Bob Cousy's single-season Celtics mark that had stood for 50 years. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog. 

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Rajon Rondo said teams do not fear the Celtics like they used to. “It’s not the same,” Rondo told Yahoo!. “Teams are ready to beat us and are ready to play against us. It’s probably because we don’t put that dominant fear in them from the start of the game. We give the team confidence. Our team knows it.

The NBA fined Kevin Garnett $25,000 on Friday for his remark criticizing officials following a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. After Kevin Durant made all 15 free throws and the Celtics made just 13-of-17 at the line, Garnett said, "I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan the way he was getting the whistle. Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team for the game." Stu Jackson, NBA Vice President for Operations, made the announcement.

Celtics swingman Paul Pierce joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon and talked about Wednesday night's tough loss to the Thunder. The Celtics were visibly upset about some of the officials' calls that benefited Thunder star Kevin Durant, but Pierce said the team can't afford to dwell on it. "That's the way the game goes sometimes," he said. "You've just got to move on from it. You can't let it bother you, even though it hurts. Those type of games hurt. I was really frustrated after the game, with how things went.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about Kevin Durant, the young star who led the Thunder past the Celtics on Wednesday night. "Offensively, he's as good as you're going to get in the league," Rivers said. "I think he is the most efficient offensive player in the league. LeBron and Kobe, they score more points, but he's more efficient at it. He's amazing. ... He's a great young kid. He's everything good about our league. It's really good to have a guy like that in our league."

The crowd in the locker room was sparse when the Thunder came to Boston last season.



When the season began, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks had a simple goal for his team: He wanted them to play meaningful games in March and April. March is over, April is upon us and his team is 46-28 and a lock for the playoffs.



After watching Kevin Durant drill all 15 free throw attempts in Oklahoma City's win over the Celtics, Kevin Garnett had his own take on one big reason for the loss. "I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan tonight the way he was getting the whistle," Garnett said. "Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team." Durant, with a game-high 37 points, did make more than the Celtics at the line, as Boston was just 13-of-17 on the night.  For more, visit the Green Street blog.