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Rondo scores 19 for Boston in 96-89 win over Magic

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks for an opening around Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) as Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) applies pressure in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks for an opening around Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) as Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) applies pressure in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) shoots at the basket as Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) tries to block in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) shoots at the basket as Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) tries to block in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) grapples with Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, behind left, and guard Arron Afflalo, center, for control of the ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) grapples with Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, behind left, and guard Arron Afflalo, center, for control of the ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives toward the basket past Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives toward the basket past Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Orlando Magic forward Maurice Harkless (21) and Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) chase a loose ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Orlando Magic forward Maurice Harkless (21) and Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) chase a loose ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Orlando Magic guard Doron Lamb, left, and Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless, right, vie for control of a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Orlando Magic guard Doron Lamb, left, and Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless, right, vie for control of a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) vies for a loose ball with Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis (11) and center Nikola Vucevic, of Montenegro, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) vies for a loose ball with Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis (11) and center Nikola Vucevic, of Montenegro, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) takes a shot at the basket as Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) tries to block him in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) takes a shot at the basket as Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) tries to block him in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) takes a shot at the basket as Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) looks on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) takes a shot at the basket as Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) looks on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5), looks for an opening around Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5), looks for an opening around Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks for an opening around Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) as Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) applies pressure in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks for an opening around Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) as Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) applies pressure in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks for an opening around Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) as Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) applies pressure in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) shoots at the basket as Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) tries to block in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) grapples with Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, behind left, and guard Arron Afflalo, center, for control of the ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives toward the basket past Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Orlando Magic forward Maurice Harkless (21) and Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) chase a loose ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Orlando Magic guard Doron Lamb, left, and Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless, right, vie for control of a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) vies for a loose ball with Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis (11) and center Nikola Vucevic, of Montenegro, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) takes a shot at the basket as Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) tries to block him in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) takes a shot at the basket as Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) looks on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5), looks for an opening around Boston Celtics guard Phil Pressey, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) looks for an opening around Orlando Magic guard E'Twaun Moore (55) as Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) applies pressure in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Boston. The Celtics won 96-89. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON – Rajon Rondo waited more than a year to celebrate playing in a victory.

Rondo made nine of 11 shots and finished with season highs of 19 points and 10 assists while helping Boston end a four-game losing streak with a 96-89 victory over the Orlando Magic yesterday.

“We didn’t stop pushing the pace even though we had the lead,” Rondo said. “We finally finished a game strong. They made a run at it, but at the end of the day we still got some stops when we needed and made the plays.”

Boston entered the game winless in six games since Rondo’s return last month after missing nearly a year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He sat out the second of back-to-back games earlier in the week and was fresh enough at the end yesterday to help the Celtics hold off a late push by the Magic.

“You just feel like you’re really under control the way he was playing late,” Boston Coach Brad Stevens said.

Jared Sullinger scored seven of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Celtics, who let a 12-point lead slip to one in the final period before pulling away at the end.

“I think we execute a little crisper,” Stevens said. “The ball seems to have found the right guys a lot, especially today. I think that’s more of guys getting used to playing with one another.”

Brandon Bass had 19 points and nine rebounds and Avery Bradley scored 17 in his return after missing five games with a sprained ankle.

Jeff Green was the only Boston starter not to score in double figures as the Celtics won for the third time in four games against the Magic, who have lost four of five overall and 11 straight on the road.

Arron Afflalo had 18 points and Nikola Vucevic finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. Glen Davis had 15 points, Tobias Harris scored 13 and Victor Oladipo had 12 points as all five Orlando starters scored in double figures.

But the Magic couldn’t stop Rondo, who had six assists in the fourth quarter.

“We stuck to our principles and what we wanted to do. He just came through for his team,” Davis said.

The only game on yesterday’s NBA schedule featured two of the league’s bottom teams.

Orlando, which has just three road wins this season, rallied after making a push in the fourth quarter. The Magic went without a field goal in the fourth quarter until Maurice Harkless’s layup cut Boston’s lead to 75-68 with 9:01 left to play. E’Twaun Moore and Davis added layups during an 10-2 run that pulled the Magic within 77-76 on a pair of free throws by Kyle O’Quinn with 6:11 left to play.

It was as close as Orlando would get. Rondo answered with hook shot for the Celtics and Bradley followed with a field goal and two foul shots as Boston started to pull away. The Celtics sealed it with an 8-2 run in the final two minutes.

“We just wanted to come in and try to change the tempo of the game and just play fast,” Harkless said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t close the game out.”

Notes

∎ Rondo was 5-for-6 in the first half while scoring 13.

∎ The Celtics scored 27 in each of the first two periods and led 54-45 at halftime.

∎ Orlando G Jameer Nelson did not travel with the Magic because of a sore left knee.

∎ Boston was 0-6 in games with Rondo in the lineup since returning from a torn ACL.

∎ Orlando last won on the road Dec. 16, beating Chicago, 83-82.

∎ The Magic’s 3-22 road record is the worst in the NBA.

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