Rajon Rondo scores 20, Celtics defeat Nets

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In a spectacular all-around effort, Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and added 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets, 91-84. The Celtics shot 31-70 (44.3%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 12 rebounds. Boston (21-41) has won just three of its last 10 games.

Rondo went 6-14 from the field (3-6 on 3-pointers) and 5-8 from the free throw line. Other key players for Boston included Jerryd Bayless with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk with 13 points and 7 rebounds. On 9-21 shooting, including 1-7 from behind the arc, Joe Johnson put up 21 points for Brooklyn in the loss. He also registered 7 rebounds.

In addition to 13.3% from 3-point range, the Nets tallied an eFG% of just 38.8%. They are 2-12 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Celtics, conversely, are 6-4 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for Brooklyn, pushing their record to 30-30 for the year.

Coming up next, the Celtics take on the Detroit Pistons, who are 24-38 on the year. The Nets go up against the Sacramento Kings, currently 22-40 this season. The Celtics lost to Detroit the last two times they've played. The Nets are 0-1 versus Sacramento this season.

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