Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points, along with 12 assists as the Celtics downed the Cavaliers in Cleveland, 106-87 last night.

Celtics have Quicken fix – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics exacting a measure of revenge on the Cavs.

Davis propels second-stringers – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Glen Davis (17 pts, 11rbs) rising to a Doc Rivers challenge and leading the second unit in the win. The Herald’s notebook from Steve Bulpett has Marquis Daniels also with a strong game last night, with 16 points and strong defense.

The Miami Herald thinks that Doc Rivers will be coaching the Heat next season.

Braylon Edwards’ ‘Dougie’ Dance May Motivate Patriots and 19 Other Thoughts – Jeff Howe offers up 20 thoughts on the Patriots this week.

For Branch, so many reasons to smile – Jackie MacMullan has Deion Branch back where he belongs. It’s almost like a followup to a column on Branch she wrote for the Globe back on January 7, 2006. Over in the Herald, Ian R. Rapoport also has a piece on Branch.

Devin McCourty has already cemented his place in Patriots history – Christopher Price looks at how the Patriots rookie is unlike any other first year cornerback in team history.

Arrington mixing it up with the big boys – Mark Farinella has the Patriots second year corner enjoying his time lining up as a defensive end.

Secondary measures – Karen Guregian says that this game will be a good measure of the growth of McCourty and Arrington.

Former Jet Woodhead focused only on future – Monique Walker’s Globe notebook has Danny Woodhead happy with the Patriots. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport and Karen Guregian has Robert Kraft pumped for Monday night.

Red Sox gunning for top outfield target – Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox are working hard behind the scenes to sign either Carl Crawford or Jason Werth.

Expect Red Sox to make a lot of deals – As December arrives, Mike Fine says we can expect Theo Epstein to get busy.

Bruins are trying to put the pieces together – Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins just trying to figure things out as a team.

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