Magic can't answer Rondo

Rajon Rondo cuts between Jameer Nelson, left, and Dwight Howard during the first half. The Celtics guard has 26 points.

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Rajon Rondo cuts between Jameer Nelson, left, and Dwight Howard during the first half. The Celtics guard has 26 points.

BOSTON — Rajon Rondo kept scoring inside while the Magic continued missing from outside.

Boston's pass-first point guard drove aggressively to the hoop and scored 26 to lead the Celtics to a 91-80 win Sunday.

"He totally dominated us," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said, "got where he wanted to go anytime he wanted to go."

With Rondo scoring 11, the Celtics extended a 46-43 halftime lead to 70-61 after the third quarter. They led by eight to 16 points the rest of the way.

Paul Pierce had 18 points and Kevin Garnett 16 for the Celtics, who improved to 23-4 at home. Dwight Howard had 28 points but only six in the second half, and 13 rebounds for the Magic, which lost for the fifth time in eight games despite playing tight defense on Pierce and Ray Allen.

"They didn't leave Ray or Paul's body. I tried to be aggressive," Rondo said. "The lane just opened up a lot more even though Dwight was down there."

The Celtics rallied after a scary injury to backup guard Marquis Daniels with 11:01 left in the second quarter. He was taken off the court on a stretcher after a collision with the Magic's Gilbert Arenas and Orlando ahead 24-17.

Dr. Brian McKeon, the Celtics' team physician, said Daniels bruised his spinal cord. Danny Ainge, the team's president of basketball operations, said Daniels had full function and, as a best case, would miss one to two months.

The injury helped the Celtics "a lot," Rondo said. "It's crazy to say you have to wait for something to happen to get a boost. That's how it is."

Boston led by three at halftime and stretched that to 70-55 with 3:36 left in the third quarter. At that point, the Celtics had made 9 of 10 shots in the quarter while the Magic had hit just 4 of 18.

"I just could not find anything for us to run to get a decent shot," Van Gundy said.

Orlando scored the last six of the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 70-61, but the Celtics came right back with a 7-2 run to go ahead 77-63.

"I thought Rondo took the third over," Garnett said. "In the second half, we had a lot more energy emotionally."

Allen made 2 of 4 3-pointers and moved within three of the NBA record of 2,560 3-pointers held by Reggie Miller.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Dwyane Wade had 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the host Heat won its sixth straight, 97-79 over the Clippers. … Amare Stoudemire matched his season high with 41 points, and the host Knicks beat the 76ers 117-103 to split a home-and-home series. … Dahntay Jones had a season-high 18 points and the visiting Pacers remained unbeaten in four games under interim coach Frank Vogel with a 105-86 victory over the Nets.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Heat forward Udonis Haslem said the walking boot protecting his surgically repaired left foot should be gone Tuesday, after which he can begin rehabilitation. The former Florida Gator has not played since Nov. 20. He had surgery to repair a ruptured ligament. … Rockets guard Aaron Brooks will be suspended for tonight's game in Denver after leaving the court in the fourth quarter Saturday, Houston general manager Daryl Morey said.

Celtics 91, Magic 80

ORLANDO (80): Turkoglu 1-10 2-2 4, Anderson 5-10 1-2 12, Howard 10-20 8-10 28, Nelson 5-12 0-0 10, J.Richardson 4-11 0-0 10, Redick 3-10 2-2 8, Arenas 0-7 0-0 0, Clark 4-10 0-0 8, M.Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Duhon 0-0 0-0 0, Q.Richardson 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 32-93 13-16 80.

BOSTON (91): Pierce 4-11 10-12 18, Garnett 5-8 6-6 16, Perkins 0-5 0-0 0, Rondo 9-15 7-9 26, R.Allen 4-9 1-2 11, Robinson 1-3 3-3 5, Davis 5-9 1-2 11, Erden 1-1 0-0 2, Daniels 0-0 0-0 0, Wafer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 30-63 28-34 91.

Orlando 22 21 18 19— 80

Boston 17 29 24 21— 91

3-Point GoalsOrlando 3-24 (J.Richardson 2-5, Anderson 1-3, Arenas 0-2, Nelson 0-3, Q.Richardson 0-3, Turkoglu 0-4, Redick 0-4), Boston 3-9 (R.Allen 2-4, Rondo 1-2, Robinson 0-1, Pierce 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 56 (Howard 13), Boston 47 (Perkins 13). AssistsOrlando 13 (Turkoglu 4), Boston 21 (Rondo 7). Total FoulsOrlando 26, Boston 22. TechnicalsClark, Howard, Nelson. A18,624 (18,624).

Heat 97, Clippers 79

L.A. CLIPPERS (79): Gomes 4-8 2-2 12, Griffin 7-17 7-13 21, Jordan 1-3 1-2 3, Davis 5-12 3-3 14, Foye 5-16 3-4 15, Bledsoe 0-5 4-4 4, Diogu 2-4 0-1 4, Aminu 0-7 2-2 2, Cook 1-5 1-2 4. Totals 25-77 23-33 79.

MIAMI (97): James 6-15 0-2 12, Bosh 5-9 6-11 16, Ilgauskas 2-4 0-0 4, Chalmers 2-7 0-0 4, Wade 8-14 9-10 28, Jones 2-5 0-0 6, Miller 2-7 2-2 8, Anthony 1-3 2-3 4, House 6-11 0-0 15, Howard 0-1 0-0 0, Arroyo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-77 19-28 97.

L.A. Clippers 19 17 25 18— 79

Miami 20 27 23 27— 97

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 6-24 (Gomes 2-3, Foye 2-8, Cook 1-3, Davis 1-4, Bledsoe 0-1, Aminu 0-5), Miami 10-28 (Wade 3-4, House 3-7, Jones 2-5, Miller 2-6, James 0-2, Chalmers 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 59 (Griffin 16), Miami 55 (Wade 8). AssistsL.A. Clippers 12 (Davis 6), Miami 19 (Wade 8). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 21, Miami 24. TechnicalsDavis, House, Miami Coach Spoelstra. Flagrant Fouls—House. A19,702 (19,600).

Knicks 117, 76ers 103

PHILADELPHIA (103): Iguodala 3-8 8-12 14, Brand 10-14 8-10 28, Hawes 4-6 0-0 8, Holiday 1-8 0-0 2, Meeks 2-4 1-1 6, Turner 4-7 0-0 8, L.Williams 6-12 5-5 19, Young 8-12 0-1 16, Battie 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 39-72 22-29 103.

NEW YORK (117): Gallinari 3-6 4-6 10, Stoudemire 17-21 7-7 41, Mozgov 1-3 1-2 3, Felton 5-12 2-2 13, Fields 10-13 0-0 25, Douglas 4-8 0-0 10, Chandler 5-12 0-0 12, S.Williams 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 46-77 14-17 117.

Philadelphia 24 27 29 23— 103

New York 31 24 31 31— 117

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 3-10 (L.Williams 2-3, Meeks 1-3, Turner 0-1, Holiday 0-1, Iguodala 0-1, Young 0-1), New York 11-27 (Fields 5-7, Douglas 2-3, Chandler 2-6, S.Williams 1-2, Felton 1-6, Gallinari 0-3). Fouled OutMozgov. ReboundsPhiladelphia 31 (Brand, Iguodala, Young, Hawes 5), New York 43 (Fields 10). AssistsPhiladelphia 21 (Iguodala 8), New York 27 (Felton 13). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 13, New York 19. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second 2, Stoudemire. A19,763 (19,763).

Pacers 105, Nets 86

INDIANA (105): Granger 4-13 2-2 11, McRoberts 3-7 2-2 8, Hibbert 5-10 1-1 11, Collison 4-8 0-0 10, Dunleavy 6-8 0-0 17, Hansbrough 2-6 4-4 8, George 5-12 4-5 14, Foster 2-5 1-2 5, D.Jones 7-10 4-6 18, Price 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 39-83 18-22 105.

NEW JERSEY (86): Outlaw 4-9 0-0 9, Favors 1-4 0-2 2, Lopez 5-13 3-4 13, Harris 4-13 5-8 13, Morrow 5-12 0-0 11, Uzoh 3-8 2-4 8, Petro 4-7 0-0 8, Humphries 3-7 0-0 6, Vujacic 3-7 1-1 9, Ross 3-3 0-0 6, Graham 0-1 0-0 0, Greene 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 35-84 12-21 86.

Indiana 33 23 25 24— 105

New Jersey 24 19 24 19— 86

3-Point GoalsIndiana 9-22 (Dunleavy 5-6, Collison 2-4, Price 1-3, Granger 1-5, D.Jones 0-1, McRoberts 0-1, George 0-2), New Jersey 4-16 (Vujacic 2-5, Outlaw 1-3, Morrow 1-5, Uzoh 0-1, Harris 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 58 (McRoberts 9), New Jersey 48 (Humphries 9). AssistsIndiana 18 (Hibbert, Collison, Granger 4), New Jersey 24 (Harris 7). Total FoulsIndiana 15, New Jersey 25. TechnicalsD.Jones, Indiana defensive three second. A13,167 (18,500).

Magic can't answer Rondo 02/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 6, 2011 8:07pm]

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