The showed they can keep the ball moving even without Rondo, the ’s assist leader, getting a triple-double from Paul Pierce while holding off the visiting , 99-88, on Sunday to extend their winning streak to 13.
Pierce had 12 assists, and Ray Allen added six as the Celtics played their second straight game without Rondo, who is out for a couple of weeks with a sprained left ankle.
“That’s the point we make with this team,” Celtics Coach said. “When the ball moves, there’s assists.”
Pierce added 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was the sixth regular-season triple-double of Pierce’s career and seventh over all. “I pride myself in trying to be a complete player,” Pierce said. “Throughout the course of my career, I’ve worked on a lot of things on both sides of the ball.”
Nate Robinson started for Rondo and scored 18 points. Allen finished with 17 points and , who had missed four straight games with a sore right calf, scored 11.
NETS 89, HAWKS 82 Devin Harris scored 22 points and had 8 assists, and Brook Lopez added 16 points. But the main reason earned their second home win of the season over the Hawks was the play of their reserves.
Stephen Graham, who did not play Friday in a loss to Toronto, started for only the second time this season and scored a season-high 10 points with 7 rebounds.
“You never know in this league when you’re going to get a chance,” said Graham, a six-year N.B.A. veteran who entered the game averaging 2.0 points. “I pride myself in always being ready when my number is called.”
Troy Murphy also did not play Friday night, but he contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds against the Hawks. Sasha Vujacic, playing in his second game with the Nets since a three-team trade on Tuesday, scored 10 points off the bench.
120, 110 scored 20 points, Pau Gasol had 19 and Los Angeles won its fifth straight game. Andrew Bynum had 16 points for the Lakers, who finished a trip 6-1 and have won eight of nine.
113, THUNDER 110 scored a season-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds, Steve Nash added 20 points and 10 assists and Phoenix snapped host Oklahoma City’s five-game winning streak. Phoenix played while still waiting for the trade acquisitions , Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus.
111, 108 Will Bynum’s driving layup with 7.4 seconds left in overtime helped Detroit to a victory over New Orleans. The host Pistons were without guards Richard Hamilton (upset stomach) and Rodney Stuckey (toe). Bynum finished with 21 points and 9 assists.
102, KINGS 93 Kevin Martin scored 22 points and Houston won in Sacramento. The victory was the fourth in five games for the Rockets.