Facing the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, the Celtics had to scrap and defend against big runs in order to come away with a 100-89 win.
The Celtics dominated through much of the first half before allowing a 13-2 Charlotte run to open the third quarter. From there the Bobcats kept it close, but Boston continually kept them at bay.
Rajon Rondo had the triple-double watch active within the first three minutes of this one. He finished the game with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, dominating his matchup with the young Kemba Walker. This was Rondo's 26th career triple-double and the third this season.
It should also be noted, this was not a nationally televised game, or even a big matchup. Rondo was fully engaged for a January game against the Bobcats.
Kevin Garnett was completely invisible on the offensive end, finishing with just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting. He was joined by Paul Pierce, who had an off-night going 6-of-16, but still coming away with a game-high 19 points.
Jared Sullinger was held back by three early fouls, but when he finally got consistent minutes in the second half, he was a major factor. Sullinger continued his string of great performances with a 4-of-4, eight-point, five rebound night.
For Charlotte, Hakim Warrick had a surprisingly great game against the Celtics frontcourt, going for 16 points. Ramon Sessions also tallied 16 points in a losing effort.
Charlotte dropped their fourth-straight game, falling to 9-28 on the season. Boston (20-17) has Tuesday off before resuming play Wednesday evening at TD Garden against the New Orleans Hornets.
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