NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Rajon Rondo scored 19 points and rookie Jared Sullinger added 16 and the Boston Celtics scored a 93-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in the first of five NBA games on schedule for Christmas Day.
Rondo, who was ejected early and slapped with a suspension when these two teams met earlier this season, also added six rebounds and five assists to his stats as the Celtics (14-13) moved above .500 after 27 games.
Brook Lopez paced Brooklyn with 15 and eight rebounds in the defeat, as the Nets (14 – 14) now dropped four of its last five games.
Boston dropped its last three road games leading up to Tuesday’s clash, which irritated the daylights out of head coach Doc Rivers.
The veterans supplied less than their usual contributions, but the other players came good on the day to make sure Rivers had a happy Christmas.
Sullinger also pulled down seven rebounds in the game, while Jeff Green had 15 points and Jason Terry finished with 11 in the win.
Sullinger was also called for a flagrant foul on Gerald Wallace in the fourth quarter.
Paul Pierce scored just eight points, but he dished out 10 assists, while Kevin Garnett had 10 boards and scored eight points also for the Celtics.
Wallace had 15 points, Joe Johnson finished with 12 points and Deron Williams ended with 10 points and six assists in the defeat for the Nets.