Philadelphia began the quarter with an 11-2 run as Turner, who has punished the Celtics over the past two years, began heating up.
The lead was stretched to 68-61 after a Thaddeus Young free throw but the Celtics managed to even the score with a 9-2 run toward the end of the quarter. Yet, it was still a poor sequence with eight turnovers in the period, four by Rondo.
Rondo was stellar in the first half playing with a combination of aggression and caution, preventing the silly mistakes that have plagued him when he dominates the ball. He was two assists shy of a triple-double in the first half as the Celtics led, 50-46.
But he was more focused on the outcome.
“It’s frustrating but the best thing about the league is you play tomorrow,” he said. “We can bounce back.”