Rajon Rondo helps Boston Celtics beat Orlando
Rajon Rondo scored 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting to help the host Boston Celtics beat Orlando 96-89. Boston snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times
BOSTON – Rajon Rondo waited more than a year to celebrate playing in a victory.
Guard Rondo made 9 of 11 shots and finished with season highs of 19 points and 10 assists while helping Boston end a four-game losing streak with a 96-89 decision over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
“We didn’t stop pushing the pace, even though we had the lead,” Rondo said. “We finally finished a game strong. They made a run at it, but at the end of the day we still got some stops when we needed and made the plays.”
Boston entered the day winless in six games since Rondo’s return last month after missing nearly a year because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He sat out the second of back-to-back games last week and was fresh enough at the end to help the Celtics hold off the Magic.
Jared Sullinger scored seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who let a 12-point lead slip to one in the final period.
Boston’s Brandon Bass had 19 points and nine rebounds and Avery Bradley, a former Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma player, scored 17 in his return after missing five games with a sprained right ankle.
Arron Afflalo scored 18 points for the Magic.
Report: Lakers, Suns discuss Gasol deal
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers have moved closer to starting their rebuilding process, engaging in trade discussions with the Phoenix Suns for 33-year-old center-forward Pau Gasol, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The Lakers are hoping to shed Gasol’s contract and accrue future draft picks before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. The Suns have stockpiled picks and can offer the Lakers a first-rounder in the June draft, considered one of the best in years.
The Lakers are likely draft-lottery bound.
As part of the proposed deal, they would acquire center Emeka Okafor, 31, who has not played this season because of a neck injury.