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Rajon Rondo joins elite company in loss

Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics reacts

Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics reacts along with teammate Keyon Dooling #51 in the first half against the Miami Heat. (May 30, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

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.

Player Age Date Tm Opp   MP FG FGA FG% TRB AST PTS
Michael Jordan 27-085 1990-05-13 CHI PHI W 42 16 31 .516 6 11 45
Rajon Rondo 26-098 2012-05-30 BOS MIA L 53 16 24 .667 8 10 44
Michael Jordan 26-075 1989-05-03 CHI CLE W 39 18 34 .529 7 10 44
Charles Barkley 30-101 1993-06-01 PHO SEA W 47 16 22 .727 15 10 43
Magic Johnson 30-272 1990-05-13 LAL PHO L 45 15 26 .577 6 10 43
Tracy McGrady 21-339 2001-04-28 ORL MIL W 50 14 32 .438 8 10 42
Clyde Drexler 29-312 1992-04-29 POR LAL L 46 14 23 .609 9 12 42
Tony Parker 25-344 2008-04-25 SAS PHO W 41 17 26 .654 5 12 41
Michael Jordan 26-091 1989-05-19 CHI NYK W 45 14 22 .636 5 10 40
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/31/2012.

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