Boston squeaks past the Philadelphia 76ers on Rajon Rondo’s triple double.
PHILADELPHIA – After being a liability to the Boston Celtics in their opener against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Rajon Rondo was their biggest asset in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The temperamental point guard pulled off a triple-double with 17 assists, 13 points and 12 rebounds. He sparked the Celtics to a narrow win over the 76ers.
Rondo may have lit up the sky, but Kevin Garnett also put it down with 29 points and 11 rebounds.
Here’s a fun fact, Rondo has assisted on 25 of 57 field goals in the playoffs. This key stat should help the Sixers develop a strategy in regards to who to envelop when Rondo is a handling the ball.
With a score this tight there was great play from both sides.
The Sixers got 19 points from Andre Iguodala. Evan Turner posted up for 10 rebounds.
Philadelphia’s knock down drag out effort showcased that they are not just happy to advance into the semifinals.
Will this series be more competitive than previously thought?