The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 95-90 last night, sending Boston to its season-high fourth straight loss. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 17 points while Kevin Garnett scored 16. Paul Pierce finished with 12 points on 3-for-15 shooting. In what could be a possible preview of the NBA Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away in the third quarter and beat the L.A. Clippers 109-97. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32. Russell Westbrook added 26. The victory moves the Thunder a game ahead of San Antonio and a game and a-half ahead of the Clippers in the race for best record in the West. Blake Griffin had a big game for the Clippers with 31 points and 11 rebounds. The Clippers played without All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed his fourth straight game with a bruised kneecap. Elsewhere in the NBA Detroit beat Orlando 105-90 and Milwaukee defeated Philadelphia 110-102.
Rajon Rondo's temper cost him a chance to continue his assist streak. The Boston Celtics guard had 37 straight games with at least 10 assists before he was ejected in the second quarter of a 95-83 loss to Brooklyn. Rondo was punished for shoving Kris Humphries in the second quarter after the Nets forward knocked Kevin Garnett to the floor with a hard foul. The ejection leaves Rondo tied for the second-longest string of 10-assist games, nine off the record set by Lakers guard Magic Johnson in 1983-84.
Politics has become intertwined with the recovery after Superstorm Sandy but the presidential election isn’t the only race drawing attention as the New York City Marathon is set to take place this Sunday.