BOSTON - Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs, 105-103, on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams.
Ray Allen scored 31 for Eastern Conference-leading Boston (27-7), but he missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left and the Celtics up by two. After a timeout, Manu Ginobili worked down the clock and put up a shot that was blocked by Paul Pierce and pulled down by Rondo for his 10th rebound.
Rondo’s 22 assists were the second-most in his career; he had 24 in an Oct. 29 game against the New York Knicks.
Ginobili had 24 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio (29-6), which lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Hollins not bluffing: Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has banned gambling on team flights after a fight between Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo during a return trip from Los Angeles. According to reports, Mayo owed Allen money following a card game on the charter flight and became increasingly angry toward Allen when asked to settle the debt. The men had to be separated by teammates.
Goin’ dunkin’: Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin will join Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings, Washington’s JaVale McGee and Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka at the All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest on Feb. 19 at Staples Center.
Fastbreaks: Houston guard Aaron Brooks, out of Seattle’s Franklin High, aggravated an injury to his left ankle – which has already caused him to miss 21 games – and was out of the lineup against Portland on Wednesday. Atlanta Hawks waived former Seattle SuperSonics guard/forward Damien Wilkins after one month on the team. Minnesota’s Gerald Wallace missed his seventh straight game with a sprained ankle.