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No. 9 takes nine stitches, returns

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo needed nine stitches to close a gash above his nose after being elbowed during the third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Raptors, but returned to finish the game.

Rondo was running along the baseline towards the Toronto bench midway through the third quarter, when he hit the left elbow of Greivis Vásquez coming from the opposite direction. Rondo was attended to by trainer Ed Lacerte before retreating to the locker room to be stitched up.

Rondo returned with eight minutes to play and helped Boston rally from what had been a 15-point deficit, but the Raptors kept the Celtics at arm's length while emerging with a 99-90 triumph.

"It’s just adrenaline going," said Rondo. "I just wanted to play."

Rondo finished with nine points, 15 assists, four rebounds, and two steals over 31:58. He said he knew he'd be able to return to game action.

" I didn’t feel like I had a concussion or anything," he said. "They asked me a couple questions. That was just about it. I got them right, because I know they’re pretty cautious. A couple people didn’t want me to go back out there."

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