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First quarter wrap: Celtics-Cavs

Welcome to the Rajon Rondo [1] show where the Celtics [2] guard dominated the first quarter and led them to a 31-21 lead.

Rondo had a hand in all of the Celtics first 21 points. He scored 10 of them himself and assisted on the other five field goals as the C’s made 10 of their first 13 shots before a Cleveland timeout. He finished the quarter with 12 points and six assists.

Paul Pierce [3] did not play (thumb, flu) and Doc Rivers [4] suggested before the game that he could miss more time. The Celtics play the lowly Nets on Saturday and then don’t play again until Tuesday so there’s good chance to get him some rest. Marquis Daniels [5] did play despite suffering from the flu. Daniels started in Pierce’s place and drew the assignment of guarding LeBron James [6].

James kept the Cavaliers [7] in the game with 10 points.