With Big 3 Resting, Rondo Leads Boston

Young point guard scores 23 in victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 10:03 PM CDT
Boston Celtics' Sam Cassell (28) drives around New York Knicks' Mardy Collins during the fourth quarter of their basketball game, Monday, April 14, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York.   (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
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(Newser) – With his three All-Star teammates resting, Rajon Rondo had 23 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Boston Celtics to a 99-93 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night in what may have been Isiah Thomas' final home game as Knicks coach. Boston improved to 65-16 despite giving Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen the night off.

Sam Cassell added 22 points for the Celtics, who learned during the game they will face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. Nate Robinson scored 26 points, and David Lee had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who fell to 23-58 and need a win in their season finale at Indiana to avoid tying the franchise record for losses.