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After the longest losing streak since April 2007, the Celtics finally put another tally in the win column Wednesday night, dusting off the Gino video as they beat the Toronto Raptors, 96-73. Unfortunately, Celtics floor-general Rajon Rondo exiting the game early with what the Celtics are calling a sore right wrist overshadowed the victory
With 2:12 left in the third, Rondo drove to the basket and was fouled hard by Linas Kleiza. While trying to catch himself on the way down it appeared his right wrist got stuck underneath him as he hit the parquet floor. He laid on the floor and Kleiza was given a Flagrant-1 foul.
Eventually Rondo rose to his feet and shot the free throws, then immediately exited stage left. Rondo’s night ended with 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting and a career-low two assists. Word is the injury is nothing more than a sore wrist despite it looking much worse, and Rondo will be day-to-day.
On “Seats for Soldiers Night” at the Garden, the Celtics showed their appreciation by getting an early lead on the Raptors. After the first quarter, Boston had a commanding 29-14 lead and looked poised to blow Toronto out of the building.
A sluggish second quarter where the C’s only scored 15 points allowed the lowly Raptors to creep back into the game. It was 44-38 at the half.
Rondo had put together a nice first half, dropping in 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting, but had zero assists. Apparently, he switched roles with captain Paul Pierce, who had six first- half assists. Pierce finished the night with seven assists and only eight points.
The Celtics pulled away in the third quarter. They continued with an up-tempo pace and looked like the team the Boston faithful had been waiting for. The Celtics ended the third quarter up 73-55.
With the game well in hand, the fourth quarter featured a lot of garbage time ball for the bench. Mickael Pietrus finished with 12 points, and Brandon Bass had 13. Kevin Garnett also added 15 points and seven boards.
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