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Oklahoma City Thunder No Match for Boston Celtics

The reported deal will bring Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City. (AP Photos) The reported deal will bring Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City. (AP Photos)

Originally Published: Dec 4, 2009 9:48 PM CDT

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Oklahoma Sports Staff and AP Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City put up very little resistance in a 105-87 loss against the Boston Celtics Friday. It was the Thunder's most lopsided loss at home this season. Kevin Durant scored 36 points, briefly accounting for half of Oklahoma City's scoring total, before heading to the bench halfway through the fourth quarter.

Durant entered the game needing only seven points to become the second-youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 career points. He got there with a jumper from the right elbow with 6:05 left in the first quarter, but the Celtics had already asserted themselves by then. Russell Westbrook added 15 points.

Kevin Garnett scored 23 points, Paul Pierce added 21 in the first half and the Boston Celtics completed a perfect four-game trip.

Boston shot 59 percent through the first three quarters and outscored Oklahoma City 28-16 in the third period. The usually mild-mannered Durant even picked up a rare technical foul while arguing a foul called against him late in the third quarter.

Garnett scored nine consecutive points, including three dunks, to put Boston in command in the first 5 minutes of the second half. His two-handed alley-oop jam, which followed a pair of right-handed dunks, pushed the lead to 18 at 71-53 and the Thunder were never closer than 15 after that.


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