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Celtics 108, Thunder 100: Boston gets statement win

Paul Pierce scored a team-high 27 points, Rajon Rondo had 16 assists and the Boston Celtics got a huge statement win over the Oklahome City Thunder, 108-100, Friday from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Celtics 108, Thunder 100: Jeff Green fuels Boston

Paul Pierce had 27 points on the night as the Boston Celtics bounced back with a huge win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-100, from the TD Garden Friday night in Boston, MA.

Opening the third quarter was what Celtics fans expected when general manager Danny Ainge worked his magic to make the strongest bench in recent memory.

Thanks to a Jason Terry three to close the half, Boston led 48-45, but was fully intent on pushing that lead further. And thanks to Jeff Green, Boston was able to do just that. Green scored nine points in the third quarter and had seven of Boston's points as they went on an 11-0 run at the end of the third, leading 77-65.

The Celtics attacked the rim consistently for the first time all year, only taking eight of their 19 shots beyond nine feet. It was a welcome change, as Green and rookie Jared Sullinger controlled the pace of the game and played scintillating defense, full with crisp rotations and jumping passes to the extra man.

The fourth would be more of the same, with Pierce in full takeover mode. He scored seven-straight points, and 12 in the final frame alone, as Boston attempted to fend off a furious Oklahoma City comeback attempt.

The Thunder would chip away at the lead throughout the quarter, but Boston used their veteran presence to control the game, never losing their composure. A 2:27 scoring drought allowed Oklahoma City to make it a three-point game with 1:01 left in the game, but thanks to clutch Kevin Garnett free throws, Boston would extend it to a five-point lead.

On the very next possession, Jason Terry would hit a huge three, sealing the win and giving Boston a true statement victory if there ever was one.

The Celtics shot 48 percent from the field, while OKC notched 46 percent on the night. The Thunder would out rebound Boston, 40-36, but only held a 46-36 point differential in the paint.

Rajon Rondo notched 16 assists on the night, making it 36-straight games in which he has recorded 10 or more assists.

Final - 11.23.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma City Thunder 28 17 20 35 100
Boston Celtics 21 27 29 31 108

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Celtics 48, Thunder 45: Boston takes early lead

Rajon Rondo had nine assists and five points as the Boston Celtics lead the Oklahoma City Thunder, 48-45, at halftime from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

After losing the previous two games, the Celtics wanted to get back on track against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Jeff Green's first game against his former team.

They didn't get the start they wanted though, trailing by seven after one. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 17 of Oklahoma City's 28 points in the first quarter. Despite not being offensively efficient, Kendrick Perkins had five points and three boards in the quarter. In what has been the norm this season Boston's interior defense struggled against the Thunder, giving up a 11-6 rebound differential.

After giving up a 9-0 run to end the first quarter, the Celtics got back into with eight points from their bench to cut the deficit to two midway through the second quarter.

Boston would climb all the way back, taking a 39-38 lead, their first since holding a 9-7 advantage with 9:11 remaining in the first.

Oklahoma City shot 50 percent from the field, as Durant and Westbrook combined for 23 points in the first half. The Celtics connected on 52 percent of their shots, while the bench combined for 22 points of Boston's 48 points.

At the half, the Thunder only out rebounded Boston, 21-14,

After notching 10 or more assists in 35-straight games, Rondo has nine in the first half and will be looking to continue his streak.

For more Boston Celtics coverage, visit our team blog, Celtics Blog.


BC's Reggie Jackson returns to Boston with OKC

There was a time when Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson called Boston his home. Those days are in the past, but the former Boston College star guard will return to the city where he made his name on Friday night as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder as they face the Boston Celtics.

Jackson has spent just over one season in the NBA after being drafted with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Thunder. Alongside stars like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Jackson played in 45 games during his rookie season with Oklahoma City while also spending some time in the NBA Development League. Jackson averaged 31. points, 1.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds in an average of 11.1 minutes last year.

This season, Jackson hasn't seen nearly as many minutes -- through seven games, he's averaging 4.0 minutes per game -- and is averaging a point. His numbers per 36 minutes are a little better, though, as Jackson would average 9.0 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Jackson spent three years at Boston College. After two somewhat quiet seasons to start his Chestnut Hill tenure, Jackson stepped up his game in 2010-11, his junior year. That season, Jackson averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 50.3 percent in 34.1 minutes, helping lead the Eagles to the first round of the NIT.

For more Boston College basketball coverage, visit our blog, BC Interruption.


Celtics vs. Thunder: Boston welcomes KD, OKC

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