Jared Sullinger brushed off his bad January and kicked off February in style. Rajon Rondo recorded his first double-double since his return. Avery Bradley played like he had never really been gone. Sunday afternoon was a good day for the Boston Celtics. They recorded their 16th win of the season through a balanced attack. Rondo, Bradley, Sullinger, and Brandon Bass all scored between 17 and 21 points.
It was a pretty impressive game, especially considering it might be the first time Bradley and Rondo competed together at nearly 100% health. It opened up the floor and allowed Bass and Sullinger to get into some better scoring positions, because Rondo was able to find them.
This was a game of starters vs. starters. Jeff Green was the only starter on either team that did not score in double-figures. Both benches played like it was a Sunday stroll. Neither bench had a player score more than nine points, and that was Mo Harkless who played 21 minutes. Orlando Magic's bench scored 17 points, the Celtics scored 13 points.
Rondo's performance was the best of since he returned to the team. Scoring 19 points (13 in the first half), and some foul trouble got him into trouble in the third quarter. Rondo dished out 6 of his 10 assists in the fourth quarter. That's how the Celtics are going to win games in the fourth quarter with Rondo running the offense. He hit some shots early in the game, then took a back seat when he only took three shots in the fourth quarter.
Five days of rest was no doubt a big help to Rondo's performance. He had not played since Tuesday. The Celtics play three games in four nights starting next Friday, meaning we get an opportunity to see how his knee and stamina will stack up in a more condensed schedule.
The Celtics will get a chance at revenge on Wednesday night when they take on the buzz-beating Evan Turner and the Philadelphia 76ers. Having
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