Celtics, Rondo run past Raptors; win streak at 5

The Baltimore Sun

With Rajon Rondo running at full speed, the Boston Celtics' offense has found a new gear.

Ray Allen scored 21 points and visiting Boston led from the start in winning its fifth straight game, 118-103, over the Toronto Raptors yesterday.

Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Tony Allen each scored 15 points for the Celtics, who have won 11 of 12 since a Nov. 1 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

"Our offense carried us tonight and we executed on all cylinders," Rondo said.

Kendrick Perkins had 12 points, and Paul Pierce and Eddie House each had 11 in helping Boston score a season high. Its previous best was 110 points in a win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

Coach Doc Rivers credited Rondo for relentlessly pushing the ball.

"I thought his speed was the factor of the game," Rivers said. "It set the tables for everyone else to get in. He's done that three or four games in a row and we're winning by big margins."

Rondo was reluctant to run at first, so Rivers had to press the message home.

"I told him that his speed, every night, has to be the factor of the game," Rivers said. "Early in the year, everyone was playing off of him because we were walking the ball up the floor and not doing anything. Now, with his speed, you've got to stay with him."

Chris Bosh led Toronto with 24 points.

Nuggets 114, Bulls 101:: Kenyon Martin scored 26 points and Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) had 21 and 13 rebounds for host Denver.

Lakers 118, Kings 108: : Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and host Los Angeles improved the NBA's best record to 11-1.

76ers 89, Warriors 81: : Elton Brand had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Andre Iguodala added 15 points and host Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first time this season.

Timberwolves 106, Pistons 80: : Randy Foye had 23 points and visiting Minnesota beat Detroit for its first road win this season.

Off the court

Pistons: : Antonio McDyess' agent, Andy Miller, confirmed that the former All-Star and Olympian will re-sign with Detroit next month. The Pistons dealt McDyess, Chauncey Billups and project Cheikh Samb to Denver for Allen Iverson on Nov. 3.

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