Rondo’s monster triple-double, Williams’ 57 pace Sunday’s S&Ds

It was a day for statistical milestones for point guards across the NBA on Sunday.

Rajon Rondo started the superlatives by ripping New York for 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists in Boston’s 115-111 overtime victory over New York. 

And Deron Williams eruputed for a franchise-record 57 points to lead New Jersey’s 104-101 triumph at Charlotte.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to record a triple-double with at least 17 in each category was Magic Johnson, who had 24 points, 17 assists and 17 rebounds on April 18, 1989. The last player to exceed Rondo’s performance in each category was Wilt Chamberlain, who had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists on Feb. 2, 1968.

It was Rondo’s second triple-double in the last three games and his NBA-leading fourth triple-double of the season.

“That’s the Rondo we like to see, playing with all that energy,” Boston forward Paul Pierce told the Associated Press after the game. “He got the guys the ball in open spots; he did everything for us tonight. He rebounded, he passed, he got the clutch rebound there in overtime and got the layup. That’s the Rondo I like to see.”

And Williams scored the most points in the NBA this season as he topped the previous New Jersey franchise single-game scoring record of 52 points shared by Ray Williams and Mike Newlin.

“You really don’t pay attention to it,” Deron Williams told the AP. “It’s just one of those games where you start feeling good and let it go.”

Both had monster games leading them to the top of Sunday’s Studs and Duds.


New Jersey G Deron Williams: Erupted for a franchise-record 57 points, along with six rebounds, seven assists and was plus-11 in the Nets’ victory at Charlotte.

Boston G Rajon Rondo: Singed New York for 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists and was plus-5 to lead the Celtics’ overtime victory over  New York.

Chicago G Derrick Rose: Went for 35 points, four rebounds and eight assists and was a team-best plus-11 in the Bulls’ victory at Philadelphia.

Los Angeles Lakers G Kobe Bryant: Went for 33 points and was plus-8 in the Lakers’ victory over  Miami.  

Denver G Ty Lawson: Notched 22 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists and was a team-best plus-6 in the Nuggets’ victory at San Antonio.


Miami G Dwyane Wade: His rematch with Bryant didn’t really materialize as he hit 7 of 17 from the field, had five turnovers and fouled out in the Heat’s loss at the Lakers.  

Toronto F Linas Kleiza: Went 2 of 9 from the field with two turnovers and was a team-worst minus-9  in the Raptors’ victory over Golden State.

Phoenix F Markieff Morris: Missed all seven shots with a turnover in the Suns’ victory over Sacramento.

Philadelphia G Lou Williams: Clanked  all seven field-goal attempts in the Sixers’ loss to Chicago.

Golden State F Dorrell Wright: Went 1 for 9 from the field with a turnover and was minus-3 in the Warriors’ loss at Toronto.

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