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Fast Break: Rajon Rondo ejected, streak ends and Celtics lose
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On November 28, 2012 @ 10:09 pm In General | 29 Comments
The Bruins aren’t playing, so somebody had to fight at TD Garden.
Rajon Rondo  shoved Kris Humphries into the stands, resulting in dueling ejections, and Kevin Garnett  manhandled Gerald Wallace , drawing double technicals (Wallace’s second, earning himself an ejection). More on that in a minute, but the Celtics  and Nets also played basketball.
Andray Blatche  (13 rebounds) and Jerry Stackhouse each scored 17 points, and the Nets  owned the Celtics, 95-83. Meanwhile, Rondo departed with just three assists in 18 minutes, effectively ending his 37-game double-digit assist streak and leaving him tied with John Stockton  for the second-longest such stretch in NBA history.
If you’re looking for positives, Kevin Garnett (16 points, 10 rebounds) recorded his second straight double-double.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Streak stopped: Where to begin? Starting with a brawl  seems appropriate. With 29.5 second remaining in the first half, Humphries gave Garnett a shoulder shove. Rondo came to his defense, thrusting Humphries into the first row. Behind them, Garnett and Wallace got into it. Punches appeared to be thrown. Rondo, Humphries and Wallace all received ejections. Garnett got a technical. And suspensions will follow. Just like that, the streak ended. Rondo returned to the locker room with only three assists, seven shy of a 38th consecutive game with 10 or more assists.
BlatcheHouse: One’s 38 years old and the other was benched by the Wizards for the final month of last season for lack of conditioning. Of course, we’re talking about Stackhouse and Blatche, who somehow combined for 16 points and 10 rebounds before halftime. Before the break, the former’s shooting (3-4 3P) and the latter’s offensive rebounding (5) helped the Nets establish a lead as large as 21.
99 problems: We could be talking about any number of issues here. Brooklyn’s 3-point shooting and offensive rebounding or Jeff Green ‘s apparent knee injury, Courtney Lee  landing hard on his elbow and Chris Wilcox ‘s illness, to name five. But with Jay-Z in attendance, the Celtics had 99 problems, and turnovers most definitely was one. They committed nine in the second quarter alone, including five in a span of seven possessions.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Mad KG: Apparently, after the first-half skirmish, Garnett still had some fight left in him. He finished with a double-double on 7-of-12 shooting and sparked a too-little-too-late comeback that cut the Nets lead to single digits and kept Celtics fans in their seats for most of the fourth quarter.
Keep shooting: If you remove Brooklyn’s 10-of-24 shooting (41.7 3P%) from beyond the arc — and that’s a big if, considering everyone from Joe Johnson  (18 points) to Stackhouse shot wide-open triples all night — the Nets shot just 23-of-58 (39.7 2P%). In related news, statistics can be deceiving.
Captain goes down with the ship: He didn’t shoot particularly well (4-13 FG), but Paul Pierce  (14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) finished one rebound and three assists shy of a triple-double. See previous related news.
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URLs in this post:
 Rajon Rondo: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rajon-rondo.htm
 Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm
 Gerald Wallace: http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-wallace.htm
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
 Andray Blatche: http://media.weei.com/basketball/andray-blatche.htm
 the Nets: http://media.weei.com/basketball/new-jersey-nets.htm
 John Stockton: http://media.weei.com/basketball/john-stockton.htm
 a brawl: http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2012/11/28/rajon-rondo-ejected-as-kris-humphries-starts-brawl-with-kevin-garnett-and-celtics/
 Jeff Green: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jeff-green.htm
 Courtney Lee: http://media.weei.com/basketball/courtney-lee.htm
 Chris Wilcox: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-wilcox.htm
 Joe Johnson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/joe-johnson.htm
 Paul Pierce: http://media.weei.com/basketball/paul-pierce.htm
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