The Celtics have underachieved so far this season, but they were finally putting together a solid wire to wire effort Monday night in Chicago. However, as I watched a 13 point 4th quarter lead dwindle down to 3 with five minutes to go, the score was not what concerned me; Rajon Rondo had only 6 assists.
Amazingly in the final 3:12 of the game he assisted on each of the C’s final four field goals, and finished the night with 10.* His streak of games with ten or more lives to see another day, now at 31. The Celtics also held on for a 101-95 victory. I have to admit though, the win was the secondary priority for me. Despite the fact that I wrote about this a week ago, I wasn’t sure if I actually believed it myself until it came right down to it. In the final minute of the game both the win and the streak were on the line, and the streak felt more important.
Last week the records were not readily available. But as I assumed, now that Rondo’s streak is among the all time best (see picture), the media has figured it out.
Rondo also did something else against the Bulls that you very rarely see in an NBA game: He led Boston in points (20), rebounds (9), assists (10), and steals (5).
* It may actually be 11; with 4:54 to go Jason Terry hit a jumper and Pierce was credited with an assist, but it was actually Rondo who passed him the ball. I didn’t think the pass was worthy of an assist, but if it was then Rondo actually assisted on Boston’s final five baskets.
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