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Rondo, Wallace Lead Celtics Comeback Over Nets

Rasheed Wallace (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Playing without Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, the Celtics looked like a shell of themselves for the first two quarters. The Nets took a 60-47 lead into the half, and it appeared the team would mail it in because it’s a preseason game. Who cares?

Rajon Rondo does.

Rondo played 40 minutes and led a Celtics comeback with 18 points and 13 assists and Rasheed Wallace added 20 points and nine rebounds as the C’s overcame a 13-point deficit at the half to win 91-88.
Rounding out the starters, Kendrick Perkins scored eight points and grabbed eight boards. Eddie House started at guard and finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Brian Scalabrine was the team’s starting power forward, and he finished with two points and three rebounds in 22 minutes.

The Celts received strong play off the bench, thanks in large part to Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who finished with 18 points, three steals, and two blocks. J.R. Giddens also played well, while he looks to grab a spot as the team’s backup point guard. Giddens finished with seven points and 13 rebounds.

Rookie Lester Hudson also saw some time off the bench, finishing with four points on 2-7 shooting. 16th man Michael Sweetney (meaning he won’t make the team unless someone gets hurt) was a healthy scratch.

Courtney Lee, acquired from Orlando in the Vince Carter trade, led the Nets with 21 points. Chris Douglas-Roberts also helped with 19 points, while Brook Lopez finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks.

Former Celtic Tony Battie finished with two points and two rebounds in 13 minutes.

The Celtics next take on the Raptors at “home” at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.

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3 comments for “Rondo, Wallace Lead Celtics Comeback Over Nets”

  1. […] Rondo and Rasheed take over for Boston; Capt. Jack loses his title Sports of Boston    Rondo, Wallace Lead Celtics Comeback Over Nets Celtics Stuff Live     The Curious Case of J.R. Giddens Jackson Sun    Local college notes: […]

    Posted by Today’s Celtics Links 10/14 « Flceltsfan’s Weblog | October 14, 2009, 10:54 am
  2. A bit embarrasing for the Nets to lose to a second and third team Celtic line-up. At home especially.

    I definitely want to see more of Giddens. It’s clear he can rebound, but can he dribble like a guard, and can he score? At first glance, I like what I see.

    Posted by Ken | October 14, 2009, 4:24 pm
  3. Yeah the Nets are just playing out the schedule to make a run at LeBron.

    Giddens has been pretty impressive. Maybe Ainge won’t sign a veteran point guard afterall?

    Posted by KC | October 15, 2009, 5:18 am

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