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Recap: A vintage nothing-comes-easy win for the C’s


Blow-outs are boring. Who needs 'em?

As we (and our Twitter followers) were applauding the stat lines of Rajon Rondo (15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and Chris Wilcox (13 rebounds, 2 steals) from the comfort of a 15-point lead with 2:27 remaining in this game, the Bucks slapped us back to reality with a 13-0 run. Suddenly, a game that appeared locked-up required four Kevin Garnett free throws to ensure victory. Such is life as a Celtics fan.

Let's stay positive. Rondo played a fabulous game. He was aggressive on offense, attacking the basket without dominating the basketball. Rondo has three of the 8 9 triple-doubles in the league this season.

Garnett was equally as fabulous – 25 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 31 minutes. He must be on a cocktail of Geritol and Centrum Silver.

The Celtics' 18 offensive rebounds is the highest of the Big 3 era. Wilcox (6) and Brandon Bass (4) combined for 10.

As I predicted in the preview, Ersan Ilyasova (25 points, 10 rebounds) was a thorn. Drew Gooden (23 points, 8 rebounds) killed the Celtics in the 1st half, but fell off in the 2nd half. Aside from the two three-point bombs that spurred the Bucks' late rally, Brandon Jennings was awful.

It's a bit early to be watching the standings, but the 76ers (92-88 loss to OKC) are just 3 games ahead of Boston and NY in the Atlantic Division.

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