And so the streak begins ... again.

Rajon Rondo was back on the floor for the Boston Celtics, doing what he does better than anyone else in the NBA right now -- racking up double-digit assist totals.

His 37-game streak of such games -- the second longest in NBA history along with Hall of Famer John Stockton -- is back to square one after racking up 11 assists along with 17 points in Boston's 104-94 win over Minnesota.

Rondo's double-digit assists streak came to a screeching halt courtesy of an early ejection against Brooklyn on Nov. 28 which was followed by a two-game suspension for a pushing incident involving him and Kris Humphries.

In his return on Wednesday, Rondo was not the best player on the floor.

But it's hard to argue that in so many ways he was the most important -- a role that he has been cast in throughout this season.

"It was great to have him back," said Celtics guard Jason Terry. "He was pushing that ball. He had fresh legs. He was at a good pace out there. And that's what we need. He's our leader. It definitely felt good to have him back."

Said C's coach Doc Rivers: "I thought what Rondo did at the beginning of the game ... he advanced the pass, like the first three or four times down the floor ... it was a pass, to a pass, to a post. There's no help for that."