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BOSTON -- Aaron Brooks scored 24 points, hitting a pair of
free throws with 18 seconds left after Boston cut a 12-point
deficit to four and the Houston Rockets held on for a 108-102
victory over the Celtics on Monday night.

The Rockets snapped a five-game losing streak despite playing
without leading scorer Kevin Martin.

Kyle Lowry had 17 with eight assists, Luis Scola scored 12 with
nine rebounds and Jordan Hill had 12 points and eight rebounds for
the Rockets.

Ray Allen scored 19 for Boston, Marquis Daniels had season highs
of 19 points and seven rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists. The
Celtics have lost two straight, but they hope that Kevin Garnett
will be able to return against Sacramento on Wednesday.

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