Rajon Rondo posts double-double, leads Celtics to win over Magic
|02.02.14 at 3:20 pm ET|
Rondo, who sat out Boston’s loss against the 76ers on Wednesday, shot 9-for-11 from the field, and added 10 assists for a Boston team that had lost 16 of its last 18.
Jared Sullinger led all scorers with 21 points, and he tallied his second straight double-double with 12 rebounds. Avery Bradley returned from his five-game absence with an ankle sprain to score 17 points. Brandon Bass also chipped in 19.
Arron Afflalo paced five Magic starters in double figures with 18 points.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE CELTICS
Rondo: For the first time this season, Boston fans got their old point guard back. Rondo, who entered Sunday’s game averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 assists per game on 27.9 percent shooting, played his best game of the season. He scored a season-high 19 points and added 10 assists and five rebounds. Rondo did all this on shooting 9-for-11 shooting. He stuffed the stat sheet in the first half with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Sullinger: In the Celtics‘ 95-94 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday, Sullinger put together a 24-point, 17 rebound performance that on the surface looked impressive. However, the fact that Sullinger needed 25 shots ‘ and only made nine ‘ to get his 24 points took some of the punch out of that statline. Against the Magic, Sullinger again posted a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds), but this time he did it in an efficient manner (9-for-14 from the field).
Rough on the rookie: Victor Oladipo will presumably have plenty of opportunities to showcase the talent that made the Magic use the second overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft on him against the Celtics in the future. But after one season, it’s safe to say that Oladipo’s career versus Boston has begun inauspiciously. Oladipo’s fourth and final game against the C’s this season was his worst. He shot 3-for-16 from the field, scored 12 points while playing the unfamiliar point guard position in place of an injured Jameer Nelson.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE CELTICS
Green shooting: Jeff Green had a miserable shooting game in Boston’s win, as the small forward missed 11 of his 13 shots. Green, Boston’s leading scorer, finished with eight points and shot 1-for-5 bound the arc. To Green’s credit, he did dish out five assists. In his last four games, Green’s had two 2-for-13 shooting performances, and a 4-for-13 night as well.