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Perk, Rondo feeling fine

If they're play last night didn't confirm it, Celtics starters Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo are feeling just fine after ailments left them as game-time decisions before Wednesday's thrilling 112-106 overtime triumph in Miami.

Rondo, who scored a team-high 26 points, including the dazzling layup to send the game into overtime, had missed the Celtics' last game due to a sore left hamstring. After the game he noted, "My hamstring is fine. I've had four massages since I’ve been in Miami. I’m just taking care of it and getting a lot of treatment. I’ll be fine.”

Perkins, who did the bulk of his damage -- 20 points, 10 rebounds -- in the first half, had battled food poisoning and missed Tuesday's practice (and nearly the flight to Miami) as he recovered. Said Perkins after the game: "It was a good game and it was just fun to be a part of. I felt fine, just a little tired and weak, that was it."

The Celtics are no stranger to injuries lately and played Wednesday's game without Eddie House, who is recovering from flu-like symptoms.

“When someone goes down someone else has to step up," said Ray Allen. "Other guys have and will in the future. Anytime you lose a guy, you miss him and you feel the weight of it. We just hold down the fort until the injured guys get back.”