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Rondo Returns, Celtics Fall Two Games Below .500 as Kings’ Cousins Notches Triple-Double

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce look on dejected as the Celtics lose their third straight to the Kings, 118-96. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

The Boston Celtics finished their four-game road trip on Sunday night with a disappointing outing against the now 11-19 Sacramento Kings. The 118-96 loss was the third straight loss for the C’s by 18 or more points.

Jeff Green and Jason Terry both had huge scoring games after being inconsistent during the 1-3 road trip. Terry finished 7-of-12  from the field with a team-high 20 points. Green shot poorly, going 5-for-17 from the field for 16 points.

As for the Big Three, Paul Pierce also finished with 20 points after struggling in the first half. Kevin Garnett had a double-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Rajon Rondo, back on the court after sitting out Saturday’s contest against the Golden State Warriors due to nagging injuries, was largely ineffective, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting and playing porous defense. He did manage to rack up 10 assists, however.

After trailing early by 10, the Celts were able to come back in the second quarter and eventually held a four-point edge. The Kings would not go away and kept attacking the paint. The lead was five for the Kings at the half.

The Kings scored 54 points in the paint and really just picked apart the Celtics’ defense. They also hit 10-of-20 from beyond the arc, including 7-0f-9 in the fourth quarter. The C’s were outscored 34-23 in the last quarter.

Isaiah Thomas did everything right in the win for the Kings. He scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-7 from distance. John Salmons added 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while Jason Thompson finished with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

Amidst all the swirling trade rumors, which have the Celtics purportedly interested in the Kings troubled power forward, DeMarcus Cousins fittingly notched his first career triple-double against Boston with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.

The Celtics will have a few days off before taking on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at the TD Garden, which could mean the return of Avery Bradley.

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