PHILADELPHIA — It was just a matter of time.
When guard Rajon Rondo returned eight games ago from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Boston Celtics understood they would reap the benefits in the long run.
The Celtics lost their first six games with Rondo back in the lineup but have now won two straight, including Wednesday night’s 114-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Rondo, a four-time All-Star, showed flashes of his overall brilliant game with eight points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
In Boston’s previous game, Rondo had 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in a 96-89 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Forward Jeff Green led the Celtics (17-33) with 36 points, 17 of which came in the third quarter. During one stretch, Green poured in 13 straight.
Boston forward/center Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while forward Brandon Bass scored 18 points. Guard Avery Bradley scored 14 points, and guard Jerryd Bayless contributed 11 points off the bench.
After the Sixers got within 109-105 late in the fourth, Rondo drove the lane and made a nifty pass to Sullinger, who completed a clutch three-point play.
Forward Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 20 points, and guard Tony Wroten scored 18 points, highlighted by a 58-foot heave to end the third quarter.
Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes added 13 points and 14 rebounds, while forward Evan Turner scored 12 points. Guards Michael Carter-Williams and James Anderson scored 11 points each, and forward/center Lavoy Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sixers (15-35) lost their sixth consecutive home game, their longest home skid since the 1996-97 season. They fell for the 12th time in their past 14 home games. The defeat was Philadelphia’s fourth in a row overall.NOTES: Philadelphia G Michael Carter-Williams was selected the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month after averaging 16.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in January. Carter-Williams previously received the same honor for October/November. ... Celtics F/C Jared Sullinger and Sixers G Evan Turner were former standouts at Ohio State ... The Sixers began the night averaging 17.4 turnovers per game, tops in the NBA. ... Sixers C Spencer Hawes began the night with 16 double-doubles this season. He didn’t reach 16 last season until the 71st game. ... Celtics F Gerald Wallace was active after recently dealing with a death in the family. ... The Sixers recalled reserve G Lorenzo Brown from the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.