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The Celtics were able to tie their franchise record of eighteen straight wins tonight after a very high-scoring victory over the New York Knicks. Once again, Rajon Rondo was the star of the team and is really starting to prove himself as an elite point guard in the league. He is pushing his case to be on the All-Star team this year in Phoneix. Coincidently, the last time the Celtics won eighteen straight games was in 1982 against the New York Knicks in Boston as well.
As the Celtics have been proving, when Rondo is truly on his game, the team does well. Rondo finished the night by putting up 26 points, dishing out five assists, grabbing six rebounds, and stealing two balls. Not bad for a point guard. The rest of the starting lineup also did well. Kevin Garnett had 12 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, Paul Pierce had 17 points and 5 assists, and Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Doc Rivers also made it a point before the game that the bench needed to get involved more and they did just that. The bench totaled 39 points with Tony Allen and Leon Powe leading the way with 11 and 10 points respectively.
On the other end of the court, the Knicks went with just seven players throughout the enitre game. Quentin Richardson had 29 points to lead all scorers, Chris Duhon had 20 points and 10 assists, David Lee had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Nate Robinson had 23 points off the bench.
The Celtics looked pretty impressive once again, especially Rajon Rondo, who continues to prove that he is becoming an elite point guard and should be muttered in the same breath with names like Jason Kidd and Chris Paul. The Celtics look to make a new record for themselves on Tuesday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers.