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The Celtics traveled to Oklahoma City Wednesday to play their first game against the Thunder. As you know, the Thunder moved from Seattle to OK City for this season. The uniforms were different, but the team was relatively the same…pretty bad. The C’s dominated the game after the first quarter en route to a 96-83 win.
Ray Allen played well against his former (well, sort of) team, scoring 18 points with nine assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Former No. 5 pick Jeff Green scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists for the Thunder. Green is a former Celtic, but never played a game as he was shipped out to Seattle with Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West for Ray Allen and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
The Celtics looked initially flat in the first quarter as the Thunder built an eight-point lead heading into quarter No. 2. From there, the Celtics defense took over to the tune of just 26 points allowed in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The Celtics outscored the Thunder by 17 points in the middle two periods as they built a nine-point lead overall.
Kendrick Perkins poured in another solid effort in 33 minutes. Yes…33 minutes! Perk seems to be playing smarter, not softer. His game has not taking a hit, and he’s committing less fouls. Docked only three teams for a personal foul on Wednesday, Perk finished 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal, and four blocks.
The Celtics will rest Thursday as they continue their eight-games-in-12-days run. Next up is the Bucks Friday night at the TD Banknorth Garden.