Ray Allen scored 21 points and Boston led from the start in winning its fifth straight game, 118-103 over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Tony Allen each scored 15 points for the Celtics. Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and Paul Pierce and Eddie House each had 11 in the win.
Rajon Rondo had 18 points and eight assists, outplaying Allen Iverson and the Pistons and leading the Boston Celtics to a 98-80 victory over Detroit on Thursday night.
Iverson had 16 points and four assists for Detroit, which fell to 4-3 since he was acquired from Denver for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess. Those two helped the Pistons reach the conference finals, where they lost to Boston in six games as the Celtics went on to win their 17th NBA title.
Starting in place of Garnett, Brian Scalabrine came up big, hitting a 3 pointer with 1:14 left to help Boston go onto victory. Paul Pierce scored 22 with eight rebounds, Kendrick Perkins had 16 points and eight rebounds and Rondo had 15 points, eight boards and seven assists.
Wilson Chandler scored 23, and Zach Randolph had 18 points and eight rebounds for New York. The Knicks tried to move closer in the Atlantic Division race but instead lost to Boston for the seventh straight time.
The Hawks came into the Garden Wednesday night with a perfect season intact for a rematch of their Playoff series last year with the reigning champs, the Boston Celtics.
It was one hell of a game and came down to the wire.
Pierce scored 34 points in all, Kevin Garnett had 25 with 12 rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists for the Celtics. Joe Johnson scored 28 for Atlanta, finding an open Marvin Williams for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left before Pierce answered at the other end, faking out a pair of defenders and sinking the game-winner.
Boston moves to 8-1 on the season as Atlanta falls to 6-1.
The Celtics announced Tuesday that they will exercise their $2.09 million option on point guard Rajon Rondo’s contract for the 2009-10 season.
Rondo averaged 10.6 points with 5.1 assists with the Celtics last season, his second in the NBA.