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Rajon Rondo Records a Triple-Double as Boston Celtics Handle Wizards

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket during the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Patrick BusconeSenior Analyst IJanuary 1, 2012

The Celtics beat the Wizards in Washington on Sunday, 94-86, to win their second straight game and improve their record to 2-3 on the young season.

Although the Wizards are among the worst teams in the league and are the only team still without a win, it was still a good victory for the Celtics. They played their best game defensively, holding the Wizards to only 86 points on 41 percent shooting from the field and 12 percent shooting from behind the arc. Granted, this was partly due to the fact that the Wizards have a very feeble offense. However, this was still a step in the right direction for a Celtics defense that has underperformed thus far in the season.

On the offensive end, they played well too, shooting 50 percent from the field. Leading the charge for the offense as usual was Rajon Rondo. He notched his 14th career triple-double and his first of the season with 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

One of Rondo's main targets throughout the game was Kevin Garnett who scored a game-high 24 points. Garnett's scoring was a welcome sign for the Celtics because thus far in the season, he has failed to make a major impact on the offensive end.

Even with Rondo's triple-double and Garnett's scoring, one of the best parts of the game was still the distribution of minutes for the Celtics. Only Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass played over 30 minutes. Not only that, but every player on the team got minutes except Sasha Pavlovic.

The lessened minutes that many of the older Celtics players played tonight are important because tomorrow they need to play the Wizards yet again, this time in Boston. The Celtics do not generally play well in the second of back-to-back games, but with fewer minutes played by the older members of the team, they have a better chance to win in the second of a back-to-back and improve their record to 3-3.

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