After 37 games, Rajon Rondo's nearly unparalleled streak of double-digit assists is over after a brawl between the Celtics and Nets, and more importantly, Rondo and Kris Humphries.
It all happened towards the end of the second quarter, just when the Celtics were starting to get into a groove after a poor start to the game.
Up to that point in the game, the Nets had noticeably out-played the Celtics physically, especially on the glass. This reached its apex when Kris Humphries gave Kevin Garnett an extra-zealous shove on a shot attempt. Rondo took objection to it.
He wasted no time in trying to do his best Vince Wilfork impression on Humphries, fitting into Humphries's chest and bull rushing him underneath the basket.
Although Rondo was wrestling 50 pounds and eight inches out of his weight class, he still got the better of Humphries. However, as a result, he will now have to wait at least another 48 games to get the best of Magic Johnson and break his assist record.
As after the fight, Rondo, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries were all sent to the locker room for the night.
In my most recent Celtics Mailbag, I wrote that I saw nothing that would keep Rajon Rondo from breaking the record. Obviously, I did not see an ejection ending this remarkable streak for Rondo.
And it's really a shame that this is how it has to end for Rondo. After all of the time and effort Rondo has put into coming close to history, you hate to see it settled any way other than by 48 minutes of basketball.
Rajon Rondo cost himself the opportunity to decide his fate on the court. I'm not going to sit here and condemn Rondo for it. It was his record to break and he didn't.
Was it childish to try to fight Humphries? Absolutely.
But that's Rondo. Besides giving the Celtics over 10 assists every (full) game, he also fights for them every game.
He will fight, scrap and claw for his teammates whether it costs him a hard-earned record or not and that is part of the reason why the fans love him so much.