Rajon Rondo may have gotten his last assist of the season. And he did so while wearing street clothes.
The Boston Celtics point guard got an enthusiastic response from the crowd when he entered the arena at TD Garden during the second overtime of Sunday's game against the Miami Heat. Many of the fans already knew the news that an MRI had determined Rondo had torn his right anterior cruciate ligament, a season-ending injury.
The players did not learn the extent of Rondo's injury until after the game. But whether it was the presence of their teammate on the bench or the reaction he garnered from the crowd, something sparked the Celtics to finally put the game away, as they scored five unanswered points in the final minute for a 100-98 victory.
Jason Terry, one of the guards expected to pick up the slack in Rondo's absence, started the rally with a driving layup at the 51-second mark to help the Celtics overcome the defending NBA champs and snap a six-game losing streak.