Boston Celtics defeat Orlando Magic, 86-77

Rajon Rondo had 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and the Boston Celtics bullied the Orlando Magic with strong defense in an 86-77 victory Friday.

Ray Allen added 18 points and Tony Allen scored 16 in place of the injured Paul Pierce for the Celtics, who rolled to their 14th win in the last 15 games.

The only big blow for the Celtics came in the final minutes, when Kevin Garnett jumped to block a shot by Vince Carter, only to land awkwardly and go tumbling to...

ORLANDO, Fla. - It wasn’t the Rajon Rondo that everyone was used to.

It wasn’t the pass first, second, and third point guard.

At least not for the first 24 minutes.

This Rondo was bitter and aggressive - bitter for losing three straight to the Magic (not counting the playoffs), aggressive because with the Celtics playing a calendar-circled game in Orlando without Paul Pierce, he had no choice but to be aggressive.

Rondo came out shooting. He fired an 18-footer ...

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Celtics started yesterday without captain Paul Pierce, home recovering from a knee infection. And they concluded an 85-77 win over the Orlando Magic with Kevin Garnett on the bench, feeling the effects of a late-game fall.

But the Celtics were in an upbeat mood afterward, knowing Pierce could return sooner than the two weeks originally projected, and that Garnett was moving around well in the locker room. They were certainly feeling better than they ...