An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Rajon Rondo joins elite company in loss
In the Celtics' overtime loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Rajon Rondo managed to do something only Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and three others have done in the last 25 years.
Rondo finished the game with 44 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds; it was only the ninth time since since 1986 that a player scored at least 40 points and had at least 10 assists and five rebounds in a playoff game.
In addition to Jordan (three times), Barkley and Johnson, only Tracy McGrady, Clyde Drexler and Tony Parker have equaled or bettered the stat line.
Interestingly, the players that managed to match Rondo's performance are only 6-3 all-time; Johnson's Lakers lost to the Suns in Game 4 of the 1990 Western Conference semifinals, and Drexler's Blazers lost to the Lakers in Game 3 of the first round of the 1992 playoffs.
Click below to watch highlights from Rondo's performance: