Boston Celtics defeat Sacramento Kings, 94-86

The ovation couldn’t drown out the jokes.

Rajon Rondo had just stripped Sean May — a 6-foot-9-inch, 266-pound forward trying to complete a crossover dribble — then wrapped the ball behind his back, hitting his defender, Beno Udrih, with a stutter-step before blurring by him to start the fast break.

He then launched an outlet to Michael Finley, who immediately swung it to Ray Allen on the wing. It would have been an assist if Rondo were on skates, but it wasn’t includ...

This is no leadership issue in the Celtics’ locker room. Kevin Garnett, the team’s spiritual leader since arriving in the summer of 2007, has accepted Rajon Rondo’s exponential improvement and impact on this team.

Rondo broke Rick Fox’s Celtics record for steals in a season — bet you wouldn’t have guessed the previous record holder — during yesterday’s 94-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings and he added a season-high 18 assists.

Rondo is 20 assists from breaking Bob...