Rondo Shines In Return To Boston
Rajon Rondo scored the Mavericks' first 10 points in his return to Boston, finishing with a season-high 29 on Friday night to lead Dallas to a 119-101 victory over the Celtics.
Rondo had a career-high five 3-pointers and also finished with six rebounds and five assists in his first game at TD Garden in an opponent's uniform. The rebuilding Celtics traded the four-time All-Star to Dallas last month.
Monta Ellis scored 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 17 and Tyson Chandler collected 16 rebounds to help the Mavericks to their fourthconsecutive victory.
Avery Bradley scored 22 points for the Celtics, and Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Rondo scored a career-high 15 points in the first quarter to help Dallas to a 14-point lead. The Mavericks put together a 13-0 run at the end of the third to make it 92-64. The Celtics cut the deficit to 10 points with about six minutes left.
But Rondo hit a jumper and soon added a steal and an assist to help make it 105-90 with 4:45 to play.