Recap: Thunder 119, Celtics 96
Updated On: Jan 05 2014 11:59:00 PM CST
Thunder 119, Celtics 96: Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Kevin Durant added 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Oklahoma City rolled past visiting Boston.
Serge Ibaka collected 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who snapped a two-game home skid and improved to 15-3 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Jeremy Lamb tallied 13 points off the bench and Kendrick Perkins chipped in a season-high 12 points against his former team.
Jeff Green and Avery Bradley each scored 19 for the Celtics, who have lost seven of eight. Jordan Crawford had 17 points and seven assists and Kris Humphries added 14 points and three blocks in a reserve role.
Jackson scored six points during a 10-0 run that gave the Thunder an eight-point lead just five minutes into the game, and Oklahoma City didn't trail again. Jackson and Durant combined for 36 points in the first half as the Thunder took a 66-56 lead into the break.
Another 10-0 spurt in the third quarter stretched it to 83-62 and the Celtics never climbed back in it. Phil Pressey's 3-pointer in the first minute of the fourth pulled Boston within 94-81, but Nick Collison converted a three-point play to set off a seven-point surge and the Celtics never got that close again.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Celtics G Courtney Lee did not play and is reportedly involved in a trade with Memphis that would send G Jerryd Bayless to Boston. … Durant has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games and 12 of the last 13. … Green needed attention from the trainers after a collision with Collison late in the third period, but he was able to return.
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