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OKC Thunder vs. Boston Celtics: Live Scores, Highlights and Analysis

DALLAS, TX - MAY 19:  Kendrick Perkins #5 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder wait to enter the game in the third quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 19, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Ben ShapiroAnalyst IIIDecember 12, 2016

The Boston Celtics need a win and Kendrick Perkins is going to do his best to prevent that from happening. 

Mired in a four-game losing streak over which they've averaged just 80.25 points per game, the Celtics find themselves matched up against an Oklahoma City team this is one of just five NBA teams that averages more than 100 points per game—100.3 to be exact. 

Add in that the Celtics will have to deal with an emotionally charged-up Perkins and this could be a rough night for the Celtics. 

The Celtics might need a win, but the Thunder have been a tough team to beat this season. 

They're 11-2 which makes them one of the league's best teams so far in this lockout-shortened season. 

Boston will lean heavily on veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen along with point guard Rajon Rondo. 

Oklahoma City relies on two of the NBA's brightest young stars in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. The Thunder also get key bench contributions from James Harden and Nick Collison. 

The game tips off at 8 p.m. ET. Stay here for starting lineups and updates leading up to the game.

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