Rondo has 20 assists, Celtics beat Raptors 107-89
- Associated Press
- November 17, 2012 - 3:59 PM
BOSTON - Rajon Rondo tied his season high with 20 assists, and Jason Terry scored 20 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 107-89 on Saturday.
Rondo appeared at full strength after sitting out a loss at Brooklyn on Thursday night because of a sprained right ankle. He had seven assists in the first quarter and 11 at halftime, extending his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists to 33.
Rondo left the game shortly after reaching 20 assists, four short of his career high, early in the fourth quarter. He also had 20 assists against Philadelphia on Nov. 9.
Rondo's streak is the third-longest in NBA history and puts him within four games of tying John Stockton. Magic Johnson holds the record at 46 consecutive games with 10 or more assists.
Paul Pierce added 19 points and six rebounds, and Kevin Garnett had 15 points for Boston (6-4). Rookie Jared Sullinger had his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas led Toronto (2-7) with 15 points apiece, and DeMar DeRozan, Jose Calderon, Terrence Ross and Linas Kleiza had 10 each.
Chris Wilcox had an alley-oop dunk on Rondo's 19th assist, then Terry made 3-pointer to put Boston up 79-64 entering the fourth.
After trailing by as much as 17 in the first quarter, Toronto regrouped in the second and chipped into the lead with a 13-4 run. Lucas' 3-pointer with 2:35 left pulled the Raptors to 42-39, but Pierce had a three-point play and the Celtics led 47-42 at halftime.
Boston still out of sync early in the third and a few fans started booing when DeRozan's layup pulled Toronto to 55-53 with 6:38 left in the quarter.
Bargnani got Toronto pulled to 63-61 with 3:30 left in the third, but Terry hit two 3-pointers as Boston went on an 11-1 run.
Toronto was coming off a win at Indiana on Tuesday night and has yet to win back-to-back games this season. Boston was playing for the third time in four days and has a game at Detroit on Sunday night.
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