Rajon Rondo had 10 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the first half as the Boston Celtics lead the Orlando Magic, 58-48, from the Amway Center Sunday in Orlando, FL.
Just two days after notching a huge statement win early in the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the Celtics traveled to Orlando to match up with former-Celtics Glen Davis and E'Twaun Moore.
It was a pretty even first quarter, with Boston and Orlando trading buckets, shooting 46 and 47 percent, respectively. Moore had a team-high six points, connecting on back-to-back triples as Orlando kept up with the Celtics' frantic pace. Rondo got out to another hot start, notching four points and six assists in the first frame. Boston held a six-point lead, their largest of quarter, thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper from Courtney Lee.
It was the Boston bench who stepped up in the second quarter, extending the Celtics' lead to 12 midway through the second quarter. Leandro Barbosa had 11 points in four minutes, starting a 16-5 run. Boston's energy would carry over to the starters, holding a 10-point advantage at the half.
Through two quarters, Boston shot 49 percent from the field, while Orlando connected on 46 percent of their attempts.
At the half, Rondo dished out nine assists in hopes of continuing his 36-game streak of 10 or more assists, needing only one more to tie John Stockton for second all-time.
Davis had five points for Orlando on 1-of-6 shooting in the half, playing 15 minutes.
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