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Kevin Garnett scored 26 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and helped the Celtics erase a seven point deficit late in the fourth quarter en route to a 116-110 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.
The Magic were led by the hot shooting of JJ Redick, who finished with 21 points off the bench. Old pal Glen Davis went for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Jameer Nelson came out in the second half on fire and was the main reason the Magic were able to erase the Celtics 10-point halftime lead. Nelson scored 17 of his 20 points after the break.
Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double and finished with 15 points, 16 assists and 9 rebounds. Rondo attacked the rim for back-to-back hoops in overtime to help put away the Magic. Rondo’s double digit assist streak is now at 37 games, tying him with John Stockton for second all-time.
The Celtics had an uncharacteristically strong night on the glass and won the rebounding battle, 51-42. The Celtics also recorded a season-high 17 offensive rebounds, more than 10 more of their league worst average of 6.5 per game.
Brandon Bass was a big reason for the Celtics success on the boards as he grabbed 12 rebounds to go with 13 points. Jared Sullinger grabbed 6 offensive rebounds and scored 11 points off the Celtics bench.
Jeff Green had a let down of a game after Friday’s 17 point performance against the Thunder. Green missed all nine of his field goal attempts and finished with just a single point. Leandro Barbosa picked up the slack for Green and the Celtics bench, and scored 15 points in just 10 minutes.
The Celtics have the first part of the week off to get some practices in before they welcome the Brooklyn Nets to the TD Banknorth Garden on Wednesday.