Rondo watches as Celtics squeak out 98-93 win over Jazz

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Rondo watches as Celtics squeak out 98-93 win over Jazz

BOSTON The Boston Celtics have proven in the past that as good as Rajon Rondo is, they do know how to win from time to time without him.
That was indeed the case on Wednesday as the Celtics managed to make all the necessary plays with a Rondo-less roster down stretch and squeak out a 98-93 win.
Utah's Mo Williams had a chance to put the Jazz ahead in the game's final seconds, but his runner down the baseline grazed the rim and was ultimately rebounded by Kevin Garnett.
Paul Pierce was fouled and made both free throws to give Boston a 96-93 lead with 19.5 seconds to play.
Following a Utah time-out, Jeff Green grabbed a missed lay-up attempt by Paul Millsap but was called for traveling on the play.
The Jazz used another time-out with 12.7 seconds to play.
Once again, Utah came up short on a shot and once again it was Garnett corraling the
Boston's late-game heroics may not have been needed if Rondo was able to play down the stretch.
He left the game with 4:55 to play in the third quarter after rolling his right ankle. Celtics officials said he was going to try and "give it a go" in the fourth, but it was clear that he was still in some pain.
As the players began to walk on to the court at the start of the fourth, Rondo was on the sideline with a noticeable limp to his step and did not attempt to enter the game.
It is unclear if Rondo will be able to play in Thursday night's game at Brooklyn.
The Utah Jazz were no different than most NBA teams that face the Boston Celtics.
Missed shots should never been seen as a missed opportunity to score on Boston, not with the struggles they have rebounding the ball at both ends of the floor.
Sadly for the C's, they stayed true to what is once again a significant weakness- rebounding. The Jazz pounded Boston on the boards by the tune of 48-33.
Even with the struggles rebounding, Boston came away with the only thing that truly matters right now as they try to continue making progress towards becoming the team they envision will be playing late into the month of June.
And if it takes some late-game success to happen along the way, so be it.
"We're a veteran ball club," said C's guard Jason Terry. "We thrive in situations where it's a tight ball game. We've all been in that situation plenty of times. We know what we have to do to close games out."

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.