CHICAGO – Rajon Rondo had 20 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 101-95 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
Rondo took advantage of Bulls point guard Nate Robinson for three quarters, helping the Celtics build a 12-point lead on 56 percent shooting. He extended his streak of consecutive games with 10 or more assists to 31, the longest in the NBA since John Stockton had 37 straight from Feb. 27 to Nov. 29, 1989.
Brandon Bass led four other Celtics in double figures with 16 points as Boston held off a furious late Chicago rally to snap a five-game losing streak at the United Center. Kevin Garnett had 15 points.
Luol Deng led the Bulls with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Joakim Noah added 17 points and 11 boards and led Chicago’s fourth-quarter rally with nine points.
The Celtics became the first team to score 100 points against the Bulls since April 8 of last season.
THUNDER 92, PISTONS 90: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 33 points and keyed a fourth-quarter comeback as Oklahoma City rallied to keep Detroit winless.
The loss left the Pistons with an 0-8 record, the worst start in franchise history. It was the fourth game in five nights for the Thunder, which improved to 6-2.
Westbrook, who also had 10 rebounds and four assists, contributed six points – all on free throws – to a 13-0 Thunder run to open the fourth quarter that turned a 73-62 deficit into a 75-73 lead with 8:11 left.
Kevin Durant, who hit a tough runner with 47.8 seconds left that gave Oklahoma City an 88-85 advantage, added 26 points and nine rebounds.
JAZZ 140, RAPTORS 133, 3OT: In Toronto, Paul Millsap scored seven of his 34 points in the third overtime, Al Jefferson had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Utah picked up its first road win of the season.
Utah rallied after trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter, no basket bigger than Jefferson’s three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation, a shot that bounced around the rim before falling through. It was just the second three-pointer of Jefferson’s nine-year career. He came in 1 for 25 from three-point range. DeMar DeRozan matched his career high with 37 points, Jose Calderon had 20 points and 17 assists, and Amir Johnson fouled out with 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who lost their fourth straight.
BUCKS 105, 76ERS 96: In Philadelphia, Brandon Jennings scored 33 points and Monta Ellis had 18 to lead Milwaukee.
The Bucks improved to 3-0 on the road for the first time since they won their first four in 2001-02. Jennings and Ellis combined to make 20 of 41 shots with 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points and the Bucks shot around 60 percent most of the game.
Jrue Holiday had 25 points and a whopping eight turnovers for the Sixers.
HEAT 113, ROCKETS 110: In Houston, LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Miami rallied to beat Houston.
Dwyane Wade scored 19 points for the Heat, which shot 47.6 percent from three-point range (10 of 21) and 51 percent from the field overall.
Chandler Parsons scored a career-high 25 points and Omer Asik had a career-best 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets.