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Sun, 11/25/2012 - 9:48pm  

Rondo helps Celtics stop Magic in OT

The Magic finally missed a couple 3-pointers, and they couldn't have come at a better time. Both Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis missed treys in the final minute, and the Celtics made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to escape Orlando with a 116-110 overtime victory.

Rajon Rondo (15 points, 16 assists, 9 rebounds) fell one rebound short of his first triple-double of the season (and 24th of his career), but he did eclipse double-digit assists for the 37th straight game, tying John Stockton for the second-longest streak in NBA history, trailing only Magic Johnson (46).

Kevin Garnett (24 points, 10 rebounds) notched his first double-double since Nov. 9, and Paul Pierce added 23 points despite missing his signature elbow jumper at the end of regulation. Leandro Barbosa (15 points), Brandon Bass (13 points) and Jared Sullinger (11 points) also reached double figures for the Celtics (8-6).

On 76.5 percent shooting, the Magic outscored the Celtics 34-22 in the third quarter to erase a double-digit Celtics lead and take an 82-80 lead into the fourth quarter. Nelson and J.J. Redick led the comeback, combining for 41 points, including 6-of-14 shooting from long distance. In all, Orlando made 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) 3-point attempts.

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