In an NBA Atlantic Division showdown, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics by a score of 95-94 in overtime. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 16 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, tallying his 14th career regular season triple-double.
Twitter's reaction to Rondo's roller coaster night, however, sums up the tale of two halves.
Rondo was phenomenal, for the most part, making 8-of-14 from the field and grabbing three offensive boards. His triple-double alone was impressive, but those numbers are down right nasty.
Especially when you remember that we're talking about a 6'1" point guard.
The Lakers' locker room is enthralled watching Rajon Rondo's near triple-double in the first half. DH: "The game just comes easy to him"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 8, 2012
At the half, Rondo had 14 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks on 7-of-11 shooting. Minutes into the third quarter, he picked up the first of many triple-doubles to come in the 2012-13 regular season.
As one responder noted, who would have thought that assists would be the last thing he needed?
Rajon Rondo gets his first triple-double of the season with 2:43 left in the 3rd quarter. 16pts, 12rbs & 10asts.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 8, 2012
Avid fans did not hesitate to sing Rondo's praise, as the NBA's triple-double master continues to shock and awe any crowd he finds. In fact, he has done so at a rate that no other point guard has even come close to matching.
Not even Chris Paul.
Rajon Rondo has 24 triple doubles from 2008-09 to 2012 (including playoffs), which is 3 times more than the next guard on the list (CP3, 8).— Jared McKiernan (@jaredmmckiernan) December 8, 2012
Just for the record, Rondo has more triple-doubles since 2008-09 than LeBron James. Rondo rests at 24 while James sits at 21.
So where does he sit in Celtics history? Consider him the best of the post-Bird era in the triple-double category.
Most triple-doubles by Celtics player since 1992-93 season (1st season w/o Bird)-- Rajon Rondo 14, Antoine Walker 13, Paul Pierce 6— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 8, 2012
That's 14 in the regular season and another 10 in the playoffs.
One more statistic? Okay then.
Most triple doubles in last 3 seasons- Rajon Rondo 10 (including tonight), LeBron James 5, Andre Iguodala 4— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 8, 2012
Unfortunately, not all went well for Rondo. Despite leading the Celtics to what should have been a victory, Rondo could not convert when it mattered most.
He slipped on his attempt at a buzzer-beating game-winner.
A tragic end to a magical evening in which Rondo went... Well, Rondo was just being Rondo.
Anyone still up for a debate about his being elite?