Rondo’s return powers Celtics to blowout of Raptors
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Jason Terry scored 20 points, Paul Pierce had 19 and Rajon Rondo dished out a season-high 20 dimes as the Boston Celtics blew by the Toronto Raptors, 107-89, Saturday at TD Garden.
Rondo returned from a one-game absence due to a sprained right ankle in a big way, running the Celtics’ green and mean offense to its highest level.
Coming off a 102-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics raceed to a fast start and easily took a double-digit lead, 30-17, at the end of the first quarter.
However, the Raptors provided a better challenge in the second quarter as John Lucas III delivered 11 points in the period to cut the deficit to 47-42 at the break.
But Boston proved just too strong offensively with Rondo running the show as the Celtics scored 32 points in the third quarter and 28 points in the fourth.
The Celtics built a 79-64 cushion at the end of the third quarter and sustained the same tenacity to the final seconds, cruising to an easy win on the home floor.
Lucas III and Andrea Bargnani scored 15 points each to lead the Raptors, who dropped to 2-7 after a solid preseason. The Celtics improved to 6-4 while Rondo stretched his double-digit assists streak to 33 games.