Facing the team that traded him away to the Celtics for Kendrick Perkins, Jeff Green scored 17 points and led a revitalized bench as the Celtics held on to beat the Thunder, 108-100, Friday night at TD Garden. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 27 and led an impressive display of 3-point shooting, as he and Jason Terry each drained 4-of-5 from long range, helping Boston finish 9-of-17 from beyond the arc.
Rajon Rondo finished with 16 assists, extending his streak of double-digit assists to 36 games, one shy of John Stockton for second-best in NBA history. Magic Johnson is now within reach at 46 games. Rondo can match Stockton Sunday evening in Orlando and could match Johnson on Dec. 15 in San Antonio.
The Celtics moved back over .500 at 7-6 with the win and handed Kevin Durant and the Thunder just their fourth loss in 13 games. Durant (29 points) and Westbrook (26) paced the Thunder.
The Thunder displayed their athleticism early on, jumping out to a 28-19 lead, thanks to nine first-quarter points from Durant. Westbrook added eight point in the opening quarter as the Thunder led 28-21. Green kept the Celtics close with six points in the first quarter and provided big minutes off the bench. The Celtics picked up the defensive intensity in the second quarter, forcing seven of the Thunder's 11 first-half turnovers. The defense sparked the Celtics to a 27-17 advantage in the period and helped them take a 48-45 lead when Jason Terry hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Celtics opened the third quarter on a 7-2 run that helped them open up a 55-47 lead, with Pierce hitting a pair of threes. But it was Green who kept the Celtics rolling. He had seven straight points in an 11-0 Celtics run toward the end of the quarter that helped the Celtics open up a 77-64 lead. The Thunder dealt Green to the Celtics along with Nenad Krstic for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson at the trading deadline on Feb. 25, 2011.
Pierce's fourth three of the night with 9:53 left in the fourth expanded the Celtics' lead to 84-70. In his return to Boston, Perkins finished with just five points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. The Thunder drew to within six, 93-87, with five minutes left but Kevin Garnett responded with four points in a 6-0 run to push the lead back to 12, 99-87, with 4:20 left. The Celtics went up, 101-89, on a Terry jumper before the Thunder responded again. Durant's three with 2:52 left closed the Celtics' lead to seven, 101-94. Durant and Westbrook followed with free throws as the Celtics lead dwindled to three, 101-98, with 1:56 left.
Durant missed a three in transition and Garnett hit a pair of free throws with 1:01 left to snap the Thunder's 9-0 run and put Boston up, 103-98. Terry's fourth trey of the night from the left wing with 36.7 seconds left put the Celtics up 106-98 and sealed the win. The Celtics are off Saturday before traveling to Orlando for a game Sunday night at 6 p.m. against the Magic. The Celtics return to the Garden next Wednesday to play host to the Brooklyn Nets.
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI.com Podcentre
WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Florio on the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
What would you ask Roger Goodell?
After joking around with Graig Murphy, who challenges Christian to a stand-up comedy showdown, Glenn and Christian face Lou about the rumors in the Boston Globe that Lou should be the new play-by-play broadcaster for the Red Sox radio broadcast.
Jeb Bush had an interview recently where he was asked if he ever smoked weed with Bill Belichick and Ernie Adams, who were all classmates in high school. Also, Christian tries to prank call Dallas restaurants and fails miserably.
The Colts and Texans had another pathetic game on Thursday Night Football where Ryan Mallet took himself out of the game and Matt Hasselbeck filled in for an injured Andrew Luck. The guys give their reaction and can't believe anyone could pull themselves out of a game the way Mallet did.
Dale, Michael and Jerry are live from the Harp for Bruins opening night and we're breaking down what to expect from the black and gold.
We close out the day with some of the best in sound that you may have missed out on.
We await opening night and talk B's with DJ Bean live from the Harp.
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
Full disclosure we recorded this episode just before the official announcement. Ben and Russ talk the coaching situation in Liverpool, Revs playoffs chances, and Sepp is suspended.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
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