Celtics 91, Heat 72: Rajon Rondo's Triple-Double Helps Boston Bash Miami

Rajon Rondo registered his fifth triple-double of the season, totaling 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat down the Miami Heat, 91-72, on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Paul Pierce also scored 23.

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Ray Allen Injury Update: After Cortisone Shot, SG Prepared To Return Against San Antonio Spurs

Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen needed a cortisone shot this weekend to help his bothersome left ankle, but participated fully in practice on Tuesday and is expected to return to the lineup -- and start -- when the Celtics meet the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

"I never liked taking shots or taking medicine. I tried to do everything as natually as I can. Sometimes your body needs a kick in the right direction. Physically, the time off was good. My ankle was kind of pissed off. I kind of gave it a little help and time off was good but getting that joint lubricated [was] more than it was otherwise."

"I felt good to be out on the floor," Allen said. "My legs felt great today. I had a shot in the ankle on game day the other day and had all day [Monday] for it to manuver through my body and coming into today, I felt like I had two new wheels." (via Green Street)

Avery Bradley had made a push to seize Boston's starting shooting guard spot during Allen's absence. The Celtics went 5-0 with Bradley as the starting two-guard as the 21-year old played his customary fierce defense and complemented Boston's other starters with an array of backdoor cuts.

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Celtics 91, Heat 72: Rajon Rondo, Boston Shock Miami On Sunday

BOSTON - File this one under unexpected -- really, really unexpected -- outcomes. Undeterred by the absence of Ray Allen, the Rajon Rondo-led Boston Celtics beat down the Miami Heat, obliterating the visitors from South Beach 91-72 on Sunday at TD Garden.

"Statement or not, we did what we're supposed to do tonight, which is get a win on our home court," said Rondo. "We're playing pretty good as of late."

Rondo registered his fifth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds and Paul Pierce led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Brandon Bass amassed 16 points and 10 boards, Kevin Garnett finished with 10 points and eight rebounds and Avery Bradley, staring in place of Allen, scored a commendable 13 points.

"We're just going to tell him we're playing on ABC every day," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers about Rondo, who seems to step up his game on national television. "One of the things going in the game today, we told Rondo that we needed him to be a scorer. Not necessarily a playmaker, a scorer. And I thought he set the tone at the beginning of the game by doing that, and I thought that loosened it up for everybody else to get into the game."

After nearly coughing up a 10-point lead in the second quarter (Boston led 29-19 through 12 minutes), the Celtics used a big third period in which they outscored the Heat, 31-12, and Miami would fall behind by as many as 29 points in the fourth before losing by 19 points.

LeBron James was held scoreless for the first six-plus minutes of the game but finished with 23 to lead Miami, which shot 34.8 percent from the floor (31-for-89). Dwyane Wade added 15 points and Shane Battier chipped in with 11 points off the bench for the Heat.

"The game is a game of runs," said Rondo. "We know they're a big team, they're going to make a lot of runs like a 14-0 run. We want to continue to get stops defensively, and stall at mid court."

"It's not about what we say right now. It's not about any kind of meeting, and kind of talk. It's not about a response to the media. This game was unacceptable," said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. "We will fix it together, collectively. We're not happy about it, we have not been able to come up with an answer on the road, particularly in the third quarter. We fell prey to that again tonight. We will figure it out, somehow, somehow ... we will figure it out."

Boston has two days to rest before facing the always-tough San Antonio Spurs in Boston.

AUDIO: Erik Spoelstra Int. | AUDIO: Dwyane Wade Int. | AUDIO: LeBron James Int.


Final - 4.1.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami Heat 19 25 12 16 72
Boston Celtics 29 20 31 11 91

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Celtics Vs. Heat Halftime Score: Boston Leads Miami, 49-44

BOSTON - Rajon Rondo sparked the Boston Celtics, who took an early 10-point lead after one quarter, but the Celts couldn't keep up the pace in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 49-44 lead over the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.

Rondo finished the half with 10 points, six assits and six rebounds after scoring 10 in the opening quarter, after which Boston led 29-19. At one point in the quarter, Boston was shooting 63 percent while holding Miami to 20 percent from the floor. The Heat outscored the Celtics, 25-20, in the second quarter to trim its deficit to five points entering the break.

Paul Pierce had a game-high 12 points and Brandon Bass scored 10 to lead Boston.

Shane Battier provided a boost off the bench for the Heat and led all bench scorers with -- points. LeBron James didn't score until the 5:48 mark of the first quarter and had -- points at the break while Dwyane Wade scored -- points.



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Celtics Vs. Heat: Ray Allen Out Against Miami; Avery Bradley Starts

BOSTON - Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen will miss his sixth straight game on Sunday against the Miami Heat, head coach Doc Rivers announced in his pregame address to the media. Allen went through shootaround but was not ready, meaning second-year guard Avery Bradley will once again get the start in his place.

Rivers said that Allen really wants to play, but he physically can't. Allen has been dealing with a sore right ankle that he suffered against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, March 22. Bradley, meanwhile, has filled in admirably in Allen's absence, especially in his first start when he was 7-for-7 from the field and had 15 of his career-high 23 points in the first quarter of Boston's game against the Washington Wizards on March 23.



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Celtics Vs. Heat: LeBron James Invades As Boston Hosts Miami

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade return to Boston as Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics battle the Eastern Conference powerhouse Miami Heat at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden (TV/Radio: ABC/WEEI).

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