Rondo assist streak ends with brawl as Nets top Celtics
|Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (L) drives to the basket past Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (R) in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
BOSTON, Massachusetts - Boston guard Rajon Rondo's streak of NBA games with double-digit assists ended at 37 Wednesday with his ejection for fighting in the Celtics' 95-83 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Joe Johnson scored 18 points and Jerry Stackhouse added a spark off the bench, scoring 17 points for the Nets in the testy contest.
Rondo and Brooklyn forwards Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace were all ejected from the game after a first-half fight.
Rondo's ejection meant his streak of games with at least 10 assists ended at 37 -- tying Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton for second on the all-time list.
Former Lakers great Magic Johnson holds the record at 46 games.
The first half featured six technical fouls and a noticeable disparity in foul shots awarded.
The Nets had attempted 17 free throws to Boston's two into the closing minute of the half, when Humphries was whistled for a hard foul against Boston's Kevin Garnett.
That included an extra shove that angered both Garnett and Rondo, who steamed toward Humphries and started pushing and shoving.
Eventually Rondo was tossed, Garnett was assessed a technical foul and Humphries and Wallace both received their second technical fouls of the game -- leading to the ejection of the Nets' two starting forwards.
The absence of Humphries and Wallace meant more playing time for Stackhouse, Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans.
Blatche posted 17 points with 13 rebounds and Evans answered the call with five points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn, who have won four straight games.
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