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Celtics Beat Knicks in Overtime as Rajon Rondo Equals Hall of Famers’ Feat

March 05, 2012

Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, left, shoots the ball against Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Photographer: Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, left, shoots the ball against Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Photographer: Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Rajon Rondo led the Boston Celtics to a 115-111 overtime victory against the New York Knicks with a statistical performance only equaled by Hall of Fame players Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson.

Rondo had 18 points, 20 assists and a career-high 17 rebounds yesterday at TD Garden to help spoil the Boston return of Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, a Harvard University graduate.

Rondo, the Celtics’ point guard, joined Chamberlain and Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to record at least 15 points, 20 assists and 15 rebounds in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“There aren’t many guards, maybe no guards, who can put up numbers like that,” said Lin, who had 14 points, five assists and six turnovers. “We didn’t do a good job of containing him and he obviously controlled the tempo of the game.”

Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets scored a career-high and franchise-record 57 points yesterday -- the highest in the NBA this season -- to lead the Nets to a 104-101 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Williams hit 16 of 29 shots and all 21 of his free throw attempts against the Bobcats, who have an NBA-worst 4-31 record this season.

Kobe Bryant scored 33 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 93-83 win over the Miami Heat. It was the eighth straight home victory for the Lakers (23-14), who have won eight of their past 10 games to keep pace with the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference’s Pacific division.

The Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 105-103 in overtime yesterday as Chris Paul had 28 points and 10 assists.

Rose Leads Bulls

In a meeting of division leaders in the Eastern Conference, Derrick Rose scored 35 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. It was the sixth straight win for the Bulls, who improved to 31-8.

The 76ers fell to 22-16, two games ahead of the second- place Celtics (19-17) in the Atlantic division.

Paul Pierce scored 34 points to lead the Celtics and hit a 26-foot 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to force overtime against the Knicks. The Celtics led by 15 points late in the third quarter before a rally by the Knicks, who led 103-100 with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

“The biggest thing is we got the win,” Rondo said. “Paul made that shot to send us into overtime and that was big for us. If you get those type of numbers and you lose, it’s kind of irrelevant.”

New York dropped to 18-19 with its fourth defeat in 14 games with Lin at point guard.

Carmelo Anthony led New York with 25 points and seven rebounds, and Amar’e Stoudemire had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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