Rondo's strong game helps Boston down Orlando
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Rajon Rondo had his best game since returning from an ACL tear and carried Boston down the stretch, helping the Celtics snap a four-game losing skid with a 96-89 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
Rondo finished with 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the triumph. He also scored or assisted on eight of Boston's last nine buckets and stripped Victor Oladipo with 17.1 seconds to play to help secure the outcome.
Jared Sullinger tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds and Brandon Bass scored 19 points as the Celtics took down Orlando for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings.
Arron Afflalo paced the Magic with 18 points, Glen Davis had 15 and Nikola Vucevic finished with 14 points and 11 boards. Orlando has lost 11 straight road tilts and fell to 3-22 away from home this season.
Orlando's only lead came midway through the first quarter, when Tobias Harris capped a 7-0 spurt with a jumper, putting the visitors up 12-10.
The Celtics led 27-19 after the first quarter and 54-45 at halftime.
Boston survived every Magic rally the rest of the way, with Jerryd Bayless' jumper highlighting a 6-0 run after Oladipo cut it to 65-62 with a triple late in the third.
Orlando's deficit shrank to just a point with 6:11 left in the game after a pair of Kyle O'Quinn free throws, but once again the Celtics answered. Avery Bradley followed Rondo's running hook with a jumper to keep the lead safe.
Rondo rebounded a short Afflalo miss and outletted to an open Bradley, whose breakaway slam with 2.5 ticks to play put an exclamation mark on the victory.
Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed the game with a sore left knee ... No player for either team had more than one 3-pointer ... Oladipo had 12 points but shot just 3-of-16. Harris scored 13 ... Bradley netted 17 for Boston ... The Celtics shot 50 percent from the floor and held Orlando to just 41.3 percent.
02/02 15:52:22 ET