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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics: Live Score and Analysis

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Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2014

No Kevin Durant? No problem.

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Boston Celtics, 101-83, for their sixth straight win on Friday night as Durant rested with a sore shoulder.

The Celtics were a bit shorthanded themselves, as guards Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless sat this one out with their own injuries.

This game was close at the half, with the Thunder leading 50-46. Then, Oklahoma City outscored Boston 27-13 in the third quarter, taking a commanding double digit lead into the fourth.

Serge Ibaka led the way with 21 points off 9-of-13 shooting, and Jeremy Lamb added 19 off the bench, 15 of that coming in the first half.

The Thunder shot 54 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Celtics, 45-32.

Jeff Green was the high-point man for Boston, registering 16 points two nights after dropping 39 in a win over the Washington Wizards.

Only two other C's players were in double figures.

The Celtics, who shot a paltry 5-of-27 from three-point range, have not had a winning streak since Dec. 16.

Rajon Rondo, still trying to find his groove since returning from ACL surgery, tallied five points and a season-high eight assists in 22 minutes.

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