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BOSTON (AP) -- Rajon Rondo scored 23 points in the first three quarters, and Ray Allen scored 20 before sitting out the fourth as the Boston Celtics opened a 30-point lead and coasted to a 104-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points with eight rebounds, and Paul Pierce had 12 points with eight rebounds and eight assists to help Boston take a 64-34 halftime lead. The Celtics have won five straight since a 2-7 slump that was the worst stretch of the new Big Three era.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 16 with 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which had won seven of its last 10. Amare Stoudemire, the Suns' leading scorer, had just three points on 0-for-7 shooting.