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Rajon Rondo recorded his first triple-double of the season as the Boston Celtics easily dispatched the Washington Wizards 94-86 Sunday evening in the nation’s capitol. The Celtics took the lead at 10:52 in the first quarter on a Paul Pierce 3 pointer and maintained a lead for the duration of the contest.
Rondo recorded 14 assists to go with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rondo’s brilliance overshadowed a very good outing for Kevin Garnett who led the Celtics in scoring with 24 points. Garnett attained a season high not only in points but also in rebounds with 9. Ray Allen contributed 13 points.
The Washington Wizards, who are still looking for their first win of the season, were led by JaVale McGee and John Wall. Wall had 19 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds while McGee added 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard Nick Young chipped in 18 points.
The Celtics led by as many as 19 and led by at least 7 for the entirety of the second half. For the second straight game the Celtics held their opponent to less than 43% shooting.
Boston Celtics’ Team Captain, Paul Pierce, had a quiet 8 points on 2-8 shooting from the field in his second game back from a heel injury. Pierce added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
While Rondo was the star of the show, Garnett was the bright spot for the Celtics. The 16-year veteran forward displayed an agility and craftiness the Celtics had yet seen from him this season. The Celtics are going to need more performances like Sunday’s from Garnett if they are to return to the Eastern Conference elite after dropping their first three games.
Brandon Bass led a solid effort from the Celtics’ bench with 8 points and 4 rebounds. The Celtics’ bench continued its solid play by outscoring the Wizards backups 22-15. On the season the Celtics’ bench is averaging over 31 points a game.
The Celtics face off against the Wizards again Monday night at home in the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.