Paul Pierce had 30 points last night, but in the Celtics' 97-92 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets at the Garden, it looked more like 30 carries on a muddy football field. Some games require a different skill set. And mindset.

"As a team, we like it any way we can get it at this point," Pierce said after the C's fifth straight victory — on the heels of five straight losses. "Whether it's in the mud, in the rain, in the snow, on the concrete, in 100-degree weather, we'll take it."

Pierce, in particular, seems to relish such a game.

"I mean," he said, "it fits my personality."