Rajon Rondo messed around and got a triple-double! Doc Rivers, the Celtics coach wanted his point guard to concentrate on scoring and Rondo did that—and so much more.

He finished with 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, and Boston handed Miami its biggest loss of the season, pulling away with a dominant third quarter for a 91-72 win over the Heat on Sunday.

Rondo had eight assists in that period when the Celtics outscored the Heat 31-12, turning a 49-44 halftime lead into an 80-56 advantage. They stayed ahead by at least 19 the rest of the way for their fifth straight win.

He also had 10 points in the first quarter. Not bad for a sometimes shaky shooter who hadn’t scored more than seven points in any of his previous five games.

“We told Rondo that we needed him to be a scorer. Not a playmaker, a scorer,” Rivers said. “He set the tone at the beginning of the game by doing that and I thought that loosened it up for everybody.”

He reached the triple-double mark for the fifth time this season with 8 1/2 minutes to play. It was his 13th consecutive game with at least 10 assists and another outstanding performance in a marquee game on national television, a scenario in which he seems to thrive.

Posted By: @BrookLynnDiva

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