KG fueled by Rondo's assists

June, 6, 2012
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The Boston Celtics exploited the Miami Heat in pick-and-roll during Tuesday's Game 5 triumph, and it was the combination of Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett that did the bulk of the damage.

Rondo assisted on nine of Kevin Garnett's 11 field goals in Game 5. According to ESPN Stats and Information, it was the most assists for Rondo on Garnett's baskets in any game since the two became teammates. What's more, for the postseason, Rondo has assisted on 68 of Garnett's field goals, 32 more than any other combination in the league.

A closer look at the duo's handywork this postseason with a glance at the most single-game assist between teammates this postseason:


Our friends at Stats and Information also point out that Rondo generated nine assists in the pain Tuesday, which is tied for the second most in a game this postseason. The Celtics are a perfect 5-0 in the playoffs when Rondo has seven or more assists in the painted area.

One other Rondo note, courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau, Rondo produced his 39th career postseason game with 10+ assists on Tuesday, leapfrogging Bob Cousy for the most in Celtics history.

(Statistical support for this story from NBA.com.)

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksK. Humphries 0.9