March 10, 2013

Thunder snaps Celtics' win streak at 5

Oklahoma City pulls away early in the fourth quarter in its 91-79 victory.

The Associated Press

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, with ball, is fouled by Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, 34, as he shoots among Pierce, forward Kevin Garnett, 5, and forward Jeff Green, 8, in Sunday's game at Oklahoma City. The Thunder won, 91-79.

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"I was pretty upset with myself that it even came down to those type of shots, but I'll take them," Jackson said. "I guess I'll take them."

Martin added 12 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, which moved to 28-4 at home. The Thunder finish a run of four games in five days Monday night at San Antonio, with a chance to tie the Spurs — without All-Star point guard Tony Parker — for the best record in the Western Conference.

"It's important, no matter how guys try to look at it," Perkins said. "You always want home court as many playoff series as you can. We are going in there to try to get the win, and it's very important."

Notes: Green got a round of applause when he checked in midway through the first quarter, playing in Oklahoma City for the first time since being traded in February 2011. A few moments later, Jason Terry – a member of Dallas' 2011 championship team that beat the Thunder in the West finals – was booed, and he put his palms up, acknowledging the fans' grudge. ...

When 38-year-old Derek Fisher checked in for the first time, Celtics coach Doc Rivers greeted him this way: "No retired players." ...

The Celtics signed D.J. White to a second 10-day contract. Fellow reserve Shavlik Randolph is nearing the end of his 10-day deal.

"We've had so much change over the last three or four weeks with different guys, I just like the continuity now," Rivers said. "I don't think there's anybody out there that's going to save the world. But both of those guys, I think, can help us in games."

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