Cha 18 27 25 19 89
Bos 28 28 20 24 100
Date of game: 1/14/2013

Recap: Boston vs. Charlotte

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo amassed his third triple-double of the season to help the Boston Celtics take a 100-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday.

Rondo had 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who are on a season-high six-game winning steak. Paul Pierce scored 19 points with six assists and Avery Bradley gave 16 points in the win.

"They made some shots and the ball bounced to me," said Rondo. "My bigs did a good job of blocking out and I was able to start quickly."

Hakim Warrick and Ramon Sessions each posted 16 points for the Bobcats, who have lost their past four games. Ben Gordon and Kemba Walker each scored 12 points in the loss.

"We're a capable team, so you know we're going to have our moments where we play well, we just have got to be more consistent," said Gordon. "That's kind of been the story of consistence this season. We've shown flashes but you know we haven't been able to sustain them for extended periods of time so that's just something we've got to try and continue to get better at as the season goes on."

Boston scored 13 of the first 15 points of the game, with Rondo's basket just over four minutes in accounting for the 13-2 lead, and never trailed at any stage of the first half.

Charlotte briefly cut the deficit to eight in the opening quarter, but the Celtics followed with the next five points and eventually took a 28-18 lead into the second.

An 8-0 run in the latter half of the second quarter gave the Celtics a 50-32 advantage, but the Bobcats responded with a 9-1 run to get back into it and trailed 56-45 going into the halftime break.

Charlotte came out strong in the third quarter and tied the game at 58-58 about four minutes in after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slammed the ball home, but Boston scored the next seven points and that allowed the Celtics to take a 76-70 lead into the fourth.

Sessions and Gordon made baskets early in the fourth to cut Charlotte's deficit to four at 78-74, but Boston followed with the next nine points and led by at least six the rest of the way.

Game Notes

It was the 26th triple-double for Rondo in his career. He also accomplished the feat against Philadelphia on Dec. 7 and Atlanta on Jan. 5 ... Boston hosts New Orleans on Wednesday ... Charlotte, which finished a three-game road trip, hosts Indiana on Tuesday ... Boston has won four straight over Charlotte.

Kelly looking to UNH for inspiration

When Tim Tebow was brought in to Philadelphia for a workout with the Eagles several weeks ago, the popular answer to the question "Why?" was largely that it was a public relations stunt.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: Busch moving beyond his troubled past

Kurt Busch's win in Sunday's rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway was exactly what he needed after his recent NASCAR suspension and legal issues.

Extra Points: Handicapping Mariota

There is a crucial pick in every NFL Draft where things pivot dramatically and that selection is going to come very early in the 2015 version, Tennessee's spot at No. 2 overall.

Dodgers' McCarthy out for season

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a UCL tear in his elbow.

NBA suspends Olynyk, Smith over Game 4 acts

The NBA suspended Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game over the play that resulted in a separated shoulder for Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, who called the act intentional.

Karlsson, Subban, Doughty named Norris finalists

Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, Montreal's P.K. Subban and Los Angeles' Drew Doughty are the finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top defenseman.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.