BOSTON – Rajon Rondo scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half, leading the Boston Celtics to an 81-73 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night and a sweep of their two-game preseason series with the Raptors.
Rondo, the subject of post-lockout trade rumors involving Chris Paul before Paul was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, had 10 points in the first 8 minutes. Rondo had seven assists and two steals in 23 minutes.
Paul Pierce missed the game for the Celtics with a heel problem.
The Celtics open the regular season against the New York Knicks in New York on Christmas Day, while the Raptors open their season Monday night at Cleveland.