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That starts with Rondo, and he usually starts it himself by going to get the defensive rebound and quickly pushing the ball up the floor. Only Larry Bird, with 10, has more postseason triple-doubles among Celtics players.
"Rondo controlled the game and got to a lot of balls," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. "He was the top rebounder of the game as the point guard, so that tells you something."
The quick tempo helped get Allen going in the first half, as Rondo was able to find him on the break for some open looks from behind the arc. And it contributed to getting Kobe Bryant in foul trouble.
Rondo drew a fourth foul on Bryant in the third quarter when he swiped the ball from the Lakers' star, who then knocked Rondo out of bounds.
Rondo hadn't been as sharp recently as he was in the second-round stunner, battling a sore lower back after some hard falls in the Orlando series. But he played 42 minutes Sunday and appeared in good shape.
Suddenly, so do the Celtics.
"Anything I can do to help the team win is big," Rondo said. "I take pride in my game and how I play the game."
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