Rajon Rondo's 36th-straight game with 10 or more assists led the way for the hosting Boston Celtics to hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder by a final score of 108-100.
The Friday night win at the Garden gives the Celts a winning record at home (4-3) and overall for the 2012-13 season (7-6). Oklahoma City drops to 9-4 overall and 3-2 on the road.
Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 26 points for the Thunder. Serge Ibaka also played well, scoring 17 points and snagging 13 boards.
The Thunder was down big, 84-70, after a three-pointer by Pierce gave the Celtics their biggest lead of the game. Oklahoma City came storming back, refusing to be put away.
They cut the lead to just three points and had a chance to tie it on a Kevin Durant three-ball but it rattled out. Jason Terry drained a three of his own with 37 seconds to seal the deal for the Celts.
Player of the Game: Paul Pierce, F, Boston Celtics
Pierce balled out in the second half, scoring 22 of his 27 points. He also finished with four rebounds, three steals and one assist while shooting 50 percent from the field and 66 percent from behind the arc.
The Celtics need this type of performance from their biggest scorer if they plan to contend in the Eastern Conference this season. Oklahoma City is no joke, so the performance from The Truth was definitely a positive sign from the trusty veteran.
What's Next For Thunder
Oklahoma City will have little time to think about this one as they will travel to Philadelphia to take on the 7-5 Sixers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
What's Next for Celtics
Boston will take Saturday off before traveling to Orlando to take on the Magic. Orlando is just 5-7 on the season but has been impressive at home (4-2).