NBA Roundup: Celtics defeat Raptors

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Rajon Rondo made up for lost time in a big way for the Boston Celtics after missing a game because of a sprained right ankle.

Rondo had 20 assists for the second time this season and added six points to help the Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors, 107-89, Saturday at TD Garden in Boston.

Jason Terry scored 20 points, Paul Pierce added 19 points and six rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, and Kevin Garnett scored 15 points in 17 minutes of playing time.

The Celtics held big leads early and late, but had to survive several surges in between while winning for the fourth time in five games. And any worries Boston fans might have had about Rondo's ankle were quickly washed away when he had seven assists in the first quarter.

"We have an offense and then he creates another offense at times," Boston coach Doc Rivers said.

Rondo appeared at full strength after sitting out a loss Thursday night at Brooklyn. He had 11 assists at halftime, extending his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists to 33.

The Celtics had assists on 37 of 43 field goals, with Rondo leading the way and finishing just four shy of his career high. Rondo, who played only 1:26 in the fourth quarter, is within four games of tying John Stockton for the second-longest streak in NBA history for consecutive games with 10 or more assists. Magic Johnson holds the record at 46.

Other games

• Grizzlies 94, Bobcats 87: Mike Conley scored 20 points and visiting Memphis beat Charlotte for its eighth consecutive victory. Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who own the NBA's best record at 8-1.

• Mavericks 103, Cavaliers 95: O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and visiting Dallas used two 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to secure a victory against Cleveland.

• Jazz 83, Wizards 76: Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Hayward added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and visiting Utah kept Washington (0-8) winless.


• Game: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center, Los Angeles.

• When: 9:30 p.m.

• TV: None.

• The skinny: New Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, pictured, is expected to be on the bench for the first time since he was hired to replace Mike Brown. The Lakers are 3-1 since Brown was fired, including a 114-102 win vs. Phoenix Friday as Kobe Bryant scored 31 points.



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