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December 26, 2012

Rondo leads Celtics past Nets 93-76

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Sullinger delivered a flagrant foul on Wallace a few minutes later, but there was nothing further.

In the Nets’ Nov. 28 victory in Boston, Rondo, Humphries and Wallace were ejected.

It was the second quarter of that game where things got away from the Celtics, and Rondo’s frustrations soon followed. He shoved Humphries after the Nets forward fouled Garnett, ruining the point guard’s chance to extend what was then a 37-game streak with double digit assists by finishing with three. He had five assists and six rebounds Tuesday.

This time, the second period belonged to the guys in green.

With the Celtics down three, Green had six points in a 10-0 run that made it 36-29. After Johnson’s basket, Boston answered with a 13-3 spurt. Jason Terry made a 3-pointer before Rondo converted a three-point play to push the Celtics’ lead to 49-34 with 3:56 to go.

Notes: As with everyone playing on Christmas, players, coaches and referees wore green ribbons in tribute to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School. ... Humphries was out with an abdominal strain and will be re-evaluated after the Nets return from Milwaukee. He had mostly been a starter but then didn’t play at all Sunday against Philadelphia. ... Feeling Avery Bradley isn’t ready yet, Celtics coach Doc Rivers decided not to bring the guard on this four-game road trip so he can continue working his way back from shoulder surgery in Boston. Rivers said the shoulder is strong but that Bradley has had only 2½ practices.

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