Rajon Rondo netted 22 points and dished out 14 assists to lead his Boston Celtics past the San Antonio Spurs 107-97 last night at the AT&T Center. Boston won for just the second time in five games to wrap the month of March at 9-7, placing them two games behind the Chicago Bulls in the East with eight games remaining on the regular season schedule. The C’s are 2-0 against the Spurs and will be the only team they couldn’t defeat this season.
“This is a good place to try and gather some momentum,” said Boston captain Paul Pierce. “You talk about the team with the best record. What better place to get back on track than here?” Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen combined for 54 points behind Rondo’s 22. Glen Davis hit 8-of-12 from the field for 16 points in his 32 minutes played. Jermaine O’Neal gathered five points in his first game back since January 10th.
Nenad Kristic suffered a right knee injury late in the second quarter and will undergo an MRI this Saturday in Boston. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge expects starting center Shaquille O’Neal to be back in action early next week. “I was just with Shaq, we were just working out down in Waltham,” Ainge told WEEI. “Shaq is either going to play Sunday or Tuesday…’Bleed into the playoffs’ I think is something different than he’s not going to play until the playoffs. But it looks like he’s ready to go Sunday or Tuesday.”