NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Boston|
(Sunday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Boston 96, Orlando 89
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rajon Rondo had his best game since returning
from an ACL tear and carried Boston down the stretch, helping the Celtics snap
a four-game losing skid with a 96-89 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
Rondo finished with 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the triumph. He
also scored or assisted on eight of Boston's last nine buckets and stripped
Victor Oladipo with 17.1 seconds to play to help secure the outcome.
Jared Sullinger tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds and Brandon Bass scored 19
points as the Celtics took down Orlando for the 11th time in the last 12
"Very comfortable. Rondo is a coach on the floor and he's leading us. It
felt great," said Bass on the Celtics' comfort level having Rondo back.
Arron Afflalo paced the Magic with 18 points, Glen Davis had 15 and Nikola
Vucevic finished with 14 points and 11 boards. Orlando has lost 11 straight
road tilts and fell to 3-22 away from home this season.
"We stuck to our principles and what we wanted to do, he just came through for
his team," said Davis about stopping Rondo. "Sometimes the nights are like
that and as a team we just have to stick together and make sure that we can do
something to help each other go out and do it."
Orlando's only lead came midway through the first quarter, when Tobias Harris
capped a 7-0 spurt with a jumper, putting the visitors up 12-10.
The Celtics led 27-19 after the first quarter and 54-45 at halftime.
Boston survived every Magic rally the rest of the way, with Jerryd Bayless'
jumper highlighting a 6-0 run after Oladipo cut it to 65-62 with a triple late
in the third.
Orlando's deficit shrank to just a point with 6:11 left in the game after a
pair of Kyle O'Quinn free throws, but once again the Celtics answered. Avery
Bradley followed Rondo's running hook with a jumper to keep the lead safe.
Rondo rebounded a short Afflalo miss and outletted to an open Bradley, whose
breakaway slam with 2.5 ticks to play put an exclamation mark on the victory.
Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed the game with a sore left knee.
"Like I said before the game, our offense also is predicated on multiple
people starting so I think that alleviates a little bit, that just a point
guard quote unquote doesn't have to start the offense," said Magic coach
Jacque Vaughn on the absence of Nelson.
The other two guards can start the offense as well, but whether its pick and
roll, other things of that nature good experience for him to have the ball in
his hands tonight."
No player for either team had more than one 3-pointer ... Oladipo had 12
points but shot just 3-of-16. Harris scored 13 ... Bradley netted 17 for
Boston ... The Celtics shot 50 percent from the floor and held Orlando
to just 41.3 percent.
02/02 19:03:02 ET