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Final: Celtics 108, Thunder 100

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 23, 2012 07:36 PM

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Game over: Celtics 108-100: Impressive win for the Celtics against a good Thunder team. Pierce led the way with 27 and Garnett 18. Rondo had 16 assists. Jason Terry with 16 big points.

Fourth quarter, 36.7, Celtics 106-98: Jason Terry may have just delivered the dagger in the form of a three-pointer from the left side. It came on an assist from Rondo, who has 16 of them. The Celtics have scored five straight.

Fourth quarter, 1:33, Celtics 101-98: The Thunder have scored seven straight and trail by three. Durant has 29 and Westbrook 26. Pierce has not had a good last few minutes. But he has 27. These last 93 seconds will be intense.

Fourth quarter, 2:52, Celtics 101-94: Big sequence there. Celtics up 10 with the ball and Pierce takes an ill-advised three early in the shot clock. It misses, OKC rebounds and Durant drained a triple. Time out.

Celtics have their starters on the court.

Fourth quarter, 4:20, Celtics 98-87: The Celtics have built the lead back up behind Pierce and KG. They have scored the last five.

Fourth quarter, 5:58, Celtics 93-85: The Thunder are trying to get back into it. They trimmed the lead to seven before Pierce was fouled shooting a three and made all three free throws. Ibaka then dunked in transition before Rondo threw the ball away.

With the lead down to eight, there's plenty of time left for OKC. The Celtics need to get back into a rhythm offensively.

Fourth quarter, 9:51, Celtics 84-70: The Celtics aren't letting up. Durant missed, KG rebounded and Pierce ended up with a three from the left side that he drained. The Thunder called time.

We're at a point where the Celtics have to put this one in the bag. Can't let a good win get away.

End of third quarter, Celtics 77-65: The Celtics outscored the Thunder 9-1 to end the quarter after OKC gave Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka a rest.

Jeff Green has 17 points to lead the Celtics in his first game against his old team since coming to Boston in a trade. Westbrook has 18 for the Thunder. Can the Celtics hold a 12-point lead in the next 12 minutes?

Third quarter, 6:44, Celtics 61-57: Spurred by several agile defensive plays by Perkins, the Thunder scored two quick hoops and Doc Rivers called time. Both were by Westbrook, who has 18 on the night. He's Spider-Man. Holy cow.

Third quarter, 9:26, Celtics 58-49: The Celtics scored 10 of the first 14 points of the period with Pierce getting seven of them. Rondo has 10 assists for the 36th consecutive game. It's the third longest streak in NBA history. Magic had a 46 and Stockton 37.

Halftime: Celtics 48-45: Exciting end of the quarter. Ibaka had a ridiculous put-back bunt off a miss by Westbrook with 7.1 seconds left. The Celtics came down and Rondo found Terry for a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Terry and Green lead the Celtics with eight each. Westbrook has 12 and Durant 11 for Oklahoma City. Rondo has nine assists.

Second quarter, 2:19, Tied 41-41: The Celtics are getting plenty off their bench. Jeff Green has 8, while Sullinger and Wilcox have 6 each. The defense is tightening up, too.

Second quarter, 7:36, Thunder 32-30: Down by seven, the Celtics got a 3-pointer from Pierce then a layup from Sullinger, who ran the court and grabbed a ball blocked by Thabeet. The Celtics are getting some solid minutes from their bench.

End of first quarter, Thunder 28-21: The Celtics cut the lead to 20-19 when Lee scored on the break on a feed from Rondo. The wondrous Westbrook then scored eight straight, hitting two threes and going coast-to-coast for a layup.

Green hit a tough fadeaway with 2.8 seconds left to bring the Celtics to within seven.

First quarter, 2:04, Thunder 20-17: Oklahoma City is shooting 60 percent from the floor. If the Celtics are going to start playing good defense, it hasn't happened yet, Durant has 9 points. The Rondo assist watch is at five.

First quarter, 5:55, Thunder 14-11: One quick impression is that neither of these teams seems interested in offensive rebounding. The creaky old Celtics can pass it off as getting back on defense. But Oklahoma City doesn't have that excuse. There are, so far, no offensive rebounds in the game.

Rondo has three assists already. Durant leads all scorers with five.

Start of game: The Garden is rocking for what could be one of the more entertaining games of the season. Terry, Garnett, Rondo, Bass and Pietce taking the floor against Westbrook, Sefolosha, Perkins, Durant and Ibaka.

Hang out for updates.

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