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Rondo passes up quite a chance

Rasheed Wallace was back in action after being ejected Friday night, scoring 10 points in the Celtics’ win. Rasheed Wallace was back in action after being ejected Friday night, scoring 10 points in the Celtics’ win. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / December 21, 2009

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Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 15 assists in the Celtics’ 122-104 victory over Minnesota last night. But Rondo was regretting one of those assists after being informed that Paul Pierce had a chance to break a team record for 3-pointers without a miss.

“I had no idea, I didn’t know he shot 6 for 6 until I saw him do an interview,’’ Rondo said. “You know, I looked him off on one, too. The skip pass to Ray [Allen], Paul said he was open, too. He made sure he told me that right after.’’

Pierce became the first Celtic to convert six 3-pointers without a miss in a home game. He tied a team record for threes without a miss in any game established by Danny Ainge at Utah Jan. 4, 1988, and Walter McCarty at Toronto Nov. 2, 1999.

Rondo spearheaded the Celtics’ transition game.

“We knew going into the game, they send a lot of guys to the boards,’’ Rondo said. “We knew if we can get the rebound, the other way would be easy for us to get easy baskets, and that’s what we did.’’

Rondo on a first-half dunk by Tony Allen off a steal and behind-the-back assist from Eddie House: “Play of the year, without a doubt. I mean, we knew they were capable, they give us a hard time every day in practice.’’

No regrets
Rasheed Wallace offered no apologies for his behavior in Friday night’s loss to the 76ers. Instead, he said his ejection was another example of how he is victimized by officials.

Wallace returned to action last night and had 10 points and four rebounds with three fouls in 20 minutes. Wallace, who has 10 technical fouls and will receive a one-game suspension if he reaches 16, said he found it strange that official Bill Kennedy, who ultimately ejected him, hovered near the Celtics’ huddle during a timeout. Officials usually stand on the opposite side of the court during timeouts, but Kennedy was mere feet away from the huddle.

“You tell me,’’ Wallace said when asked if he was targeted. “I can say all I want about anybody. If they are standing right near our huddle trying to stick their nose in there, so yeah they are going to hear some stuff. And that’s exactly what it was. When have you ever seen a ref stand that close to our bench during a timeout?’’

When asked if he was angry with himself for being ejected, Wallace said, “Nah, not really. To answer your question honestly, I wasn’t. I still play my game. I ain’t changing my game for nobody.’’

Last night’s game was officiated by only two referees. Leon Wood, who also was scheduled to work the game, couldn’t get to Boston from Houston, where he officiated the Thunder-Rockets game Saturday, leaving Derrick Stafford and Kevin Fehr to handle things alone.

Wallace said there was a difference.

“For years playing for three officials, when there’s two of them out there, you kind of feel you can get away with a whole lot of [stuff],’’ he said. “We were doing some fouling, holding, and grabbing, and so were they. And with only those two sets of eyes out there, of course they missed some things.’’

No problem
Celtics guard Ray Allen played in a game last season with a hyperextended right elbow. So he was not about to let a hyperextended finger keep him out of action last night.

Allen sustained the injury defending Tony Allen late in practice Saturday. But the problem did not affect his preparation for last night’s game. Allen concluded the practice with some free throw shooting and arrived three hours before the game for his usual extra shooting.

“Occupational hazard,’’ said Allen, who finished with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. “Tony went to shield me away and when he did my hand was just in an awkward position and he caught it and just yanked it back.

“It’s sore, but probably about 70 percent of my body is sore. So you just stretch it out and work through it. It’s one of those things if I get hit in a certain part of my finger it will bother it or affect it, but once I start playing nothing bothers me.’’

Gary Washburn of the Globe staff contributed to this report; Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at

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