Impressive win for the Celtics Friday night. They took a lead on the Thunder in the second quarter and held on to it, claiming a 108-100 victory against one of the best teams in the league.
“I told the guys after the game, that was the team we were looking for. We made mistakes, we kept playing. No hanging heads,” Doc Rivers said.
The Celtics withstood a combined 55 points from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with balance. Paul Pierce had 27, Kevin Garnett 18, Jeff Green 17 and Jason Terry 16 Rajon Rondo had 16 assists.
Garnett played 32 minutes and was fresh at the end of the game when the Celtics secured the win.
“He’s like a cell phone that you buy at 7/11. He was at 32 minutes. If you go to 33 then he’s dead,” Rivers said.
The Celtics are 7-6 and head out on the road next, playing in Orlando on Sunday.
Check out the Globe on Saturday for Gary Washburn’s coverage of the game and a sidebar on Green, whose play off the bench was pivotal in the second half.