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Friday, January 8, 2010
Rondo and the lob

By Chris Forsberg

With a tip of the hat to ESPN researcher Pete Newmann, here are some leftover nuggets from Paul Pierce's alley-oop to Rajon Rondo that highlighted Boston's win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday:

* That basket was the first made field goal of Rondo's career in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime to tie or take a lead. Before Wednesday's game, Rondo had been 0 for 4 in those crunch-time moments.

(Another quick note on the lob: It produced the first NBA game with made field goals by both teams in the final second of the fourth quarter or overtime since Nov. 6, 2008. That night, Houston's Yao Ming completed an old-fashioned, three-point play with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give his team a 99-98 lead over Portland, but Brandon Roy answered with a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds to play for the win).

* Rondo, who scored a team-high 26 points in that overtime win, has the biggest points per game differential in the NBA in his home-road splits (with a minimum five games both home and away). Check out the differences (with home averages in parentheses): Rondo averages 15.8 points (10.6 ppg), 54 percent shooting (51.2 percent), and 4.1 rebounds (3.9) per game on the road. He is averaging more assists per game at home (10.8 vs. 8.6) this season.