Garnett: 'We have to protect each other, we consider ourselves family'

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Garnett: 'We have to protect each other, we consider ourselves family'

BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have developed a big brother - little brother bond over the past five years on the Boston Celtics.
Garnett joined the Celtics following Rondo's rookie season and the younger point guard has grown up as an NBA player with his veteran big man by his side. They have become a tandem on the court and very close friends away from the game.
When Rondo saw Garnett pushed to the ground by Kris Humphries on Wednesday night, he instantly fought back.
"We all back each other up," Garnett said following the Celtics 95-83 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Rondo was ejected for his role in the altercation (Humphries and Gerald Wallace were ejected, too). Now Rondo is facing the possibility of a suspension by the NBA, which could leave the Celtics without their floor general.
"It it what it is, man," said Garnett. "Obviously we are worried, but it is what it is. We have to protect each other and we consider ourselves family around here. That's just the way it is."

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.