Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points while dishing out 12 assists to lift his Boston Celtics past the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. The five-year veteran PG missed his first three shots but continued to hit 11-of-14 as part of Boston’s fourth quarter run to keep the game out of reach.
“They came in and said we’re going to try to make Rondo beat us,” said captain Paul Pierce after the game. “They showed in the way they defended him. They went under all the pick and rolls, played him loose, let him get to the rim, get out to the break. He was phenomenal. He took up the scoring load for us and it showed that if teams are going to settle and try to let Rondo beat them, he’s capable of doing it.”
Glen Davis came off the bench for 17 points and 11 rebounds during his 32 minutes on the floor. Marquis Daniels contributed 16 points from 7-of-10 shooting. Boston’s second unit allowed for Pierce, Shaquille O’Neal and Ray Allen to record just 23 minutes each. Kevin Garnett contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a full day’s work.
Anderson Varejao led the Cavs in scoring with 16 points as Anthony Parker and Mo Williams followed up with 13 apiece. Cleveland is next scheduled to host LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Thursday. This will mark LeBron’s first game against his former team. “It will be really hostile,” said Cavs forward J.J. Hickson. “It’s no secret. He (James) is coming back to where he originally started. It’s going to be a great environment. I’d be lying if I said it’s a normal game.” The Celtics are set to matchup with the Portland Trailblazers tomorrow night before welcoming in the Chicago Bulls on Friday.