Durant's 28 points leads Thunder to win over Celtics
BOSTON >> Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in just over three quarters, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder cruise to a 130-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and Enes Kanter had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who had lost six of their last 10 games.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 29 points, and Tyler Zeller had 16. The Celtics lost their third straight after winning six of seven. It was their most lopsided home loss this season.
Durant has scored 20 or more points in 60 of the 61 games he's played this season, including 53 straight. He came out with just under nine minutes to play.
It was Boston's second straight loss at TD Garden following a 14-game home winning streak.
Before the game, Boston coach Brad Stevens said that Durant's ability to score is "ridiculous."
The All-Star forward then went out and scored on his team's first three possessions, hitting a 3-pointer from the right wing before consecutive turnarounds over 6-foot-4 guard Marcus Smart.
When he stepped to the foul line midway into the third quarter, the crowd broke into a chant of "Come to Boston!" The 6-9 forward is a free agent at the end of the season.
Oklahoma City, which never trailed, led by 11 at halftime and built it up to 28 points late in the third quarter.
The Celtics scored the first basket in the second half before the Thunder went on an 11-0 run over the ensuing 2:32. Serge Ibaka started the spree with consecutive jumpers, the second a 3 that made it 71-57.
Oklahoma City made it 98-71 on Westbrook's 3-pointer that capped a 10-0 run with 2:59 left in the third.
Oklahoma City hit eight of 16 shots from behind the 3-point line in the first half en route to a 66-55 lead at intermission.
Thunder: G Dion Waiters played for the first time after leaving the team last Wednesday to attend the funeral of his younger brother, Demetrius Pinckney. He was killed in South Philadelphia on March 8. Waiters tapped his chest near his heart and pointed to the sky after making a shot, a 3 from the left wing early in the second quarter.
Celtics: F Kelly Olynyk returned after missing 12 straight games with an injured right shoulder. . F Jae Crowder missed his second in a row with a sprained right ankle that's expected to keep him sidelined for at least two weeks. . They wore their green uniforms in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Thunder: At Philadelphia on Friday.
Celtics: At Toronto on Friday.
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