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Rondo's assist streak ends after ejection

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Rondo's assist streak ends after ejection

BOSTON -- The streak is over.
Rajon Rondo's stretch of 37 consecutive games with 10 or more assists came to an end Wednesday night when he was ejected with 29.5 seconds to go in the first half following an altercation with Kris Humphries during a heated battle against the New Jersey Nets.
The Boston Celtics point guard left the game with three assists, still a ways away if he had continued to play. On Sunday, he tied John Stockton for second all-time behind Magic Johnson, who reached the mark in 46 games.
Rondo began his stretch on March 11, 2012 with 10 dimes against the Los Angeles Lakers. He dished 20 three times during the streak, including twice this season.
The streak nearly ended on November 18 against the Detroit Pistons, but Rondo found Jared Sullinger for his tenth assist in the closing minute of a 20-point loss.
"Anytime any player is mentioned with those two guys, that means he's done something special," head coach Doc Rivers said after the Pistons game.
Rondo dismissed the individual importance of the streak. Following last week's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, he diverted attention away from himself and on to the final result.
"It's all about winning and we lost, so individual numbers don't matter," he said.
Throughout the past 37 games, Rondo consistently credited his teammates for making shots.
"It's something I look forward to every night," he said of his assists. "Just trying to make my teammates happy, and somehow I keep getting to ten."
Rondo reached his historical streak his own way, with deceptive passes and flashy ball handling. On Wednesday when he decided to go after Humphries, he ended it his way, too.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics streak comes to an end

0:41 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean discuss the Celtics 16-game winning streak being snapped by the Miami Heat.

6:05 - Tom Curran and Mike Giardi talk about Tom Brady missing practice due to an Achilles injury and Randy Moss’ chances to make the Hall of Fame.

11:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the mental and physical fatigue that the streak had on the Celtics and if there is a sense of relief that the streak is over.  

16:11 - With it being the 5th anniversary of the Butt Fumble, we compare it to other embarrassing sports moments in history. 

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

Little things prove costly for Celtics as streak comes to an end

When you reflect upon Boston’s 16-game winning streak which came to an end with Miami’s 104-98 win on Wednesday, there were moments in just about every game that played a major factor in their success.

So it was only fitting that in the Miami loss, it would be a whole lot of little things that ultimately brought the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history to a screeching halt.

  • Al Horford missed a pair of free throws.
  • Marcus Smart split a pair that had he made both, would have tied the game up in the fourth quarter.
  • Jayson Tatum had his only turnover of the game, in the fourth.
  • Terry Rozier had a rebound that he could not corral and bounced off his hands out of bounds.

And that doesn’t even factor in the missed open shots and unforced turnovers that collectively played a major role in Boston’s winning streak being a thing of the past now.

“I turned it over, we missed some free throws . . . we had some unfortunate things happen,” Tatum told reporters following the loss.

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Even with the loss, the Celtics (16-3) still boast the best record in the NBA.

Kyrie Irving has elevated his all-around play to a level to where he’s legitimately in the conversation as a league MVP candidate.

Jayson Tatum has established himself as one of the league’s top rookies from his draft class.

“As you could see, they kept hitting us, hitting us, until we were knocked out,” Irving said. “They deserved that win tonight.”

Disappointed with the loss, but it was not at all surprising to head coach Brad Stevens who has been raising concerns about his team’s attention to detail for the past few games and sensed it would catch up to them sooner or later.

“I told you, we’re not as good as the 16-game win streak,” Stevens said. “But we do have a lot of resolve. I can’t say enough about our guy’s will to come back. It’s incredible we were able to erase that lead that quickly and give ourselves a chance.”

Indeed, the Celtics rallied from a double-digit deficit to come within a single point in the fourth quarter. But unlike previous games, Boston couldn’t find a path to victory.

“We’re just going to continue to learn and continue to get better,” Irving said. “It’s the same things echoed when we were winning. Just continue to get better and understand, there’s still a lot for us to accomplish going forward.

He added, “It was a good streak, and it’s finally come to an end.”

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