Rajon Rondo practiced his game-winning shot in a pre-game shootaround with his son, and it paid off

  • Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo sank a clutch jumper from the elbow to beat the buzzer and lift Los Angeles past his former team, the Boston Celtics, Thursday night.
  • Hours prior to the exciting matchup, Rondo hit a similar shot while shooting around with his son at TD Garden.
  • Check the videos of the pre-game shot and the actual buzzer beater below:

Rajon Rondo came up clutch against his former team.

The Lakers point guard sank a jumper as time expired to lift Los Angeles past the Boston Celtics in Thursday night's down-to-the-wire matchup at TD Garden.

With 11.5 seconds remaining, the Lakers pushed up the floor with a chance to win the game. Brandon Ingram powered into the lane and missed a reverse layup with time winding down. Center Tyson Chandler managed to tip the ball back out to Rondo at the elbow, who went straight up with a shot to beat the buzzer.

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BOSTON - JUNE 7: Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (#9) during pre-game warmups. Boston Celtics NBA basketball, action and reaction. The Celtics play the Miami Heat in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 18: Rajon Rondo #4 of Kentucky talks with Head Coach Tubby Smith during the game against Louisville on December 18, 2004 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated Louisville 60-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 8: A close up shot of Rajon Rondo #9 of the Chicago Bulls before the game against the Golden State Warriors on February 8, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - DECEMBER 4: Melvin Scott #1 of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels plays defense against Rajon Rondo #4 of the University of Kentucky Wildcats during the game at the Smith Center on December 4, 2004 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Tar Heels won 91-78. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE,KY - DECEMBER 11: Rajon Rondo #4 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks against the Indiana Hoosiers during the game at Freedom Hall on December 11, 2004 in Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated Indiana 73-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 13: Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies talks to Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics during warm-ups before the game on March 13, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 102-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 1: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives the lane against Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Detroit Pistons during the game on March 1, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 6: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers boxes out against Paul Pierce #34 and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics during the game on March 6, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics attempts a shot in the first quarter as he drives and draws contact against Shane Battier #31 of the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 19: (L-R) Ravi Moss #2, Chuck Hayes #44 and Rajon Rondo #4 of the Kentucy Wildcats celebrate during the final seconds of their 69-60 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament March 19, 2005 at RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 17: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics is midair for a layup in front of Kendall Marshall #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter during the game at TD Garden on January 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 06: Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets go for a rebound during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center on December 6, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (L) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Massachusetts April 30, 2008. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo (L) fouls Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher as he goes up for a jump shot during the third quarter in Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball championship in Los Angeles, June 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (L) is guarded by Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (C) and Rajon Rondo (R) during Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California, June 15, 2010 . REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the net on Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young (L) during the second half of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston, Massachusetts, May 26, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Apr 11, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) passes as San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (below) watches his shot as Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom pursues him in the second quarter during Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California June 3, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 04: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans are involved in an altercation during the first half of Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center on May 4, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 8: Civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson shakes hands with Rajon Rondo #9 of the Chicago Bulls before the game against the Golden State Warriors on February 8, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 17: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on January 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Rondo will play in his first game since January 25, 2013 following an ACL injury. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 8: Alvin Gentry talks to Rajon Rondo #9 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 17: Michael Haney #35 of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels looks to pass as he is defended by Chuck Hayes #44 (L) and Rajon Rondo #4 (R) of the Kentucy Wildcats in the first round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament March 17, 2005 at RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NCAA College Basketball - Kentucky Rajon Rondo against Utah during the Regional semi-finals for the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas on March 25, 2005. Kentucky won the game 62-52. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
NCAA College Basketball - Michigan State against Kentucky Rajon Rondo during the Regional finals of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas on March 27, 2005. Michigan State won the game 94-88. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
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Fortunately for Los Angeles, the veteran point guard had gotten some practice in before the big moment.

Rondo — who played for the Celtics from 2006 to 2015 — returned to TD Garden and put some shots up with his son hours before the game. During the shootaround, Rondo knocked down a shot similar to his game-winning buzzer beater, and people took notice.

Check out the side-by-side videos below:

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