TORONTO, January 11 – Rajon Rondo recorded his first triple double of the season and Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 29 points as Boston continued their mastery over Toronto with a 114-107 NBA victory Sunday.Rondo had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Celtics who posted their seventh-consecutive victory over Toronto.
The Celtics came out quickly, charging to a 10-0 lead as Rondo assisted on each of Boston’s first four baskets. He also finished nine-for-17 in posting his third career triple double.
"It’s nice to have (the triple double), but the biggest thing is to get the win," said Rondo, who had four steals. "I’d hate to get a triple double where I had a big game and we lose."
It was just the start the Celtics needed after losing four of six games heading into Sunday’s National Basketball Association contest. They nailed 11 three pointers including five from Wallace in front of a crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre arena.
Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins each scored 16 points for Boston.
"Doc put a big emphasis on it before the game to come out and get a good start," said Rondo. "Getting off to a good start was big for us. We didn’t finish the game extremely well but we got the job done."
Rondo said his teammates encouraged him to go for it in the final quarter once they realized he was getting close to a triple double. He had 18 points through the first three quarters.
Rondo got a defensive rebound with just over seven minutes remaining to seal the triple double.
Toronto’s Chris Bosh had 31 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out while teammate Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points.
The loss snapped the Raptors’ six-game win streak at home.