Rondo Returns, Celtics Beat Raptors 93-79

The injury-plagued Boston Celtics welcomed Rajon Rondo back to active duty by beating the Toronto Raptors 93-79 on Sunday. The Celtics are still missing Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins but Rondo is back running the plays after missing seven games with a sprained ankle.

Rondo finished the game with just 4 points but he had 8 assists in almost 34 minutes of play.

Paul Pierce led Boston with 30 points and 7 rebounds, hitting 10 of 15 field goals and going 3 for 3 from three-point range. Ray Allen had 23 points while Glen Davis scored 15 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out 8 assists starting at power forward in place of the injured Garnett.

More than the stats, Rondo played team leader encouraging Davis to keep playing despite going just 1 of 7 in the first half. Davis then hit 5 of his next seven shots in the second half and made 3 of 4 free throws.

Garnett missed his second game due to a calf injury he sustained on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons. He joined center Kendrick Perkins in the injury list and may not be fit to play this week.

The Raptors are also plagued by injuries. They are missing leading scorer and starting center Anrea Bargnani for the fourth straight game due to a calf injury while Jerryd Bayless sprained his left ankle on Friday.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Two Raptors finished with double-double figures. Center Joey Dorsey scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while forward Amir Johnson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Raptors cut the Celtics lead from nine to five points at 80-75 but two missed free throws by Dorsey gave Boston the opportunity to pull away once again. Pierce scored on a drive and Allen scored five straight points to push Boston ahead, 87-75.

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